Friday, March 11, 2011

Change your smoke alarm batteries with the change to daylight saving time

The following message is from Mark Grimes.

The City of Toronto encourages all residents to change their smoke alarm batteries when moving their clocks ahead by an hour this weekend for daylight saving time. The time change takes effect at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 13, 2011.

By installing and maintaining a working smoke alarm on every level of your home, you are ensuring that your family is equipped with the best defense against the devastating effects of fire. By providing an early warning and critical extra seconds to escape, working smoke alarms can cut in half your family’s likelihood of dying in a fire.

Tips for installing and maintaining smoke alarms:
  • When installing smoke alarms, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for information about correct placement, testing and maintenance.
  • Test your smoke alarms every month using the test button.
  • Replace smoke alarm batteries at least once a year and whenever the low-battery warning chirps.
  • Replace smoke alarms with new ones if they are 10 years old and older
  • Do not remove the smoke alarm battery if cooking smoke or steam from the shower activates the alarm. Instead, try relocating the alarm or install a smoke alarm with a "hush" button feature that will temporarily silence the alarm. 

It is the responsibility of homeowners to install and maintain their smoke alarms - and of landlords to ensure that their rental properties comply with the law. Tenants who do not have the required number of smoke alarms should contact their landlord immediately.

More smoke alarm information is available at

March Break, March Safe Campaign starting March 14, 2011

This campaign announcement was extracted from a Toronto Police Service, News Release,

The Toronto Police Service will conduct an annual “March Break, March Safe Campaign” during the week of Monday, March 14, 2011, to Sunday, March 20, 2011.

The “March Break, March Safe Campaign” is designed to promote education, awareness and enforcement strategies intended to heighten public awareness of pedestrian safety.

The need to be aware and alert at all times on any road, and even in the most routine circumstances, is a key component to moving safely through traffic. This applies to pedestrians, drivers, cyclist, and transit users alike.

Road and sidewalk surfaces can be challenging to negotiate in the winter months. We ask those who do drive, to take extra care on the roads and in parking lots, especially in areas where children and seniors might be present.

Pedestrians and Transit Users:

Parents and caregivers can reinforce pedestrian safety messages to children, as well as some of our more vulnerable seniors.
  • stop, look, and listen, before entering the roadway or boarding transit vehicles
  • utilize crossing at intersections and crosswalks
  • make eye contact with drivers and other road users
  • wear appropriate footwear to reduce the chances of slipping
  • never run into the street
  • wear reflective or bright clothing when possible
  • obey crossing signals and signs. 

General driving tips:
  • a driver who is aware and alert can avoid potential hazards, mistakes and other distractions
  • scan the traffic conditions ahead so you have more time to react
  • identify vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists entering the road from curbs and driveways or when approaching intersections. Be ready for the unexpected
  • check your blind spots before signaling and a second time before lane changing, turning, or merging
  • know what is around and behind you. Use rear−view and outside mirrors often and frequently check your speed
  • leave a large enough space between you and the vehicles ahead
  • When you are driving on any road, especially in bad weather, leave at least 3 seconds following distance between you and the vehicle ahead
  • in fog, rain, snow or darkness, use your full headlight system.Remember, when conditions require you to use your windshield wipers, you should turn on your headlights as well
  • to avoid backing, pull straight through two stalls (where available) so you are parked with the nose of your vehicle facing out
  • drive in the travel lanes only
  • avoid driving across parking spaces. 

During the campaign, all road users will be subject to various education and enforcement initiatives. Let's all work together to make the rest of the winter season safe and enjoyable.

Traffic Services is dedicated to ensuring the safe and orderly movement of traffic within the City of Toronto. Stay informed with what’s happening at: Twitter, Facebook Fan Page, Facebook Group and on Blog

Constable Tony Vella,
Corporate Communications,
for Constable Hugh Smith, Traffic Services

Thursday, March 10, 2011

911 Translated

The following 911 information was extracted from, 

Select your language below to find out about 911

Live Streaming White House Conference on Bullying Prevention, United States

If you are a Facebook user and are also interested in listening to today's (Thursday, March 10, 2001) live U.S. White House Conference on Bullying Prevention, RSVP here:

See the following for information on time and location (links).

10 March, 2011 · 12:00 pm - 13:00 pm
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Join a live conversation from the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention about how we can all work together to make the Internet safer and promote a culture of shared responsibility and of strong digital citizenship. (Actual Start Time: 12:20 p.m. ET)


• Facebook Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan: Joe, a former federal prosecutor and founding member of the Justice Department's Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Units, oversees safety and security for Facebook's more than 500 million active users.

• Melody Barnes: Melody is the President’s Domestic Policy Advisor and the Director of the Domestic Policy Council, which coordinates the domestic policy-making process in the White House.

• Stephanie Cutter: Stephanie is Assistant to the President and Deputy Senior Advisor at the White House. She advises the President on overall strategy, including messaging and communications.

• Rosalind Wiseman: Rosalind is an internationally recognized expert on teens, parenting and bullying. Her book Queen Bees and Wannabes, was the basis for the movie Mean Girls, and her follow-up book, Queen Bee Moms and Kingpin Dads, addresses the social hierarchies and conflicts among parents.

• MTV Vice President of Public Affairs Jason Rzepka: Jason is responsible for marshaling the network’s forces to engage and activate America’s youth on the biggest challenges facing their generation.

The show will be moderated by Kalpen Modi, Associate Director for the White House Office of Public Engagement.

Watch and ask questions of our panelists at 12:20 p.m. ET on March 10 from any of the following pages:

Ask questions in advance by commenting on the wall of this event or emailing

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

In an emergency call 9-1-1

The following information was extracted from the City of Toronto's website:

Seconds count in an emergency! When police, fire, or medical emergencies occur, call 9-1-1. Trained emergency call takers will provide you with the information and assistance you need.

If you do not speak English, stay on the line while the call taker contacts our Telephone Translation Service. Call takers have access to interpreters in more than 150 languages, 24 hours a day. People needing assistance should not hesitate to call 9-1-1 for help

When should you call 9-1-1?

Call 9-1-1 during any emergency where people or property are at risk.

What you should know when dialing 9-1-1

  • Home: dial 9-1-1
  • Business/other locations: may need an outside line before dialing 9-1-1
  • Pay Phone: dial 9-1-1, it is free
  • Cellular Phone: dial 9-1-1 and be prepared to give the exact location of the emergency, it is free
  • TTY (Telephone Device for the Deaf): Press the spacebar announcer key repeatedly until a response is received.

Help 9-1-1 help you

Help the call taker and: 
  • remain calm
  • speak clearly, and
  • Identify which emergency service you require (police, fire, or ambulance)
 Be prepared with the following information:
  • a description of what is happening
  • the location, and
  • your name, address and telephone number

Remain on the line to provide additional information if requested to do so by the call taker.

Remember to have your house numbers visible from the street. This will assist emergency personnel in finding you as quickly as possible.

Toronto Police Service, TPSLinks Alert, March 8, 2011

The Toronto Police, 22 Division, would like to make the public aware of a potential sex offender.

Monday, March 7, 2011 between 12:40 pm to 1:00 pm, Police responded to a call regarding a suspicious male in a grey pickup truck near a church in the Renforth Drive and Rathburn Road area.  It is reported that a male, after parking, rolled down his driver’s side window and began watching kids as they played on a snow hill directly beside the truck.  A teacher from the school noticed the suspicious male staring at the students. She then started blowing the whistle to draw the children away from the suspicious male. The male then quickly rolled up his window and drove away immediately.

Description: Male, white, 40 years, dark eyes, beard and bald. Vehicle:       Grey pickup truck, license plate unknown.

Everyone is being asked to report any suspicious activity to Police, especially around schoolyards.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-2204.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011