As our climate changes, in addition to being energy-efficient, homes in Toronto need to be resilient to the shocks and stresses of extreme weather.
Extreme weather events like ice storms can cause power outages. These can last from a few minutes to a few days. Power outages can be particularly dangerous during periods of extreme heat or extreme cold.
During an power outage you should take the following steps:
- Unplug all appliances that may have been left on at the time of the outage and could ignite when they come back on (e.g. stove, oven, toasters, space heaters)
- Unplug electronics to prevent damage from power surges
- Turn off the water to the dishwasher and clothes washer if they were on when the power went out, if possible
- Leave a light or radio on so you will know when power is restored
- Never use barbeques, propane or kerosene heaters, or portable generator indoors
- Never leave candles unattended
- Ensure food safety during the outage