Should you be concerned?
Are you wondering what type of crimes such as break and enters, robberies, homicides, auto thefts and etc, have
been committed in the area your looking to purchase a property in...or maybe you would like to find the best and (worst)
areas in Toronto to live in?. Then you might want to start here: you can click the red highlighted links to go directly to the
Type and Age of Smoke Detectors.
To know the difference between ionization and photoelectric alarms, you need to take the smoke alarm down and look at
the back. Ionization alarms all contain a trace amount of a radioactive material, Americium 241. They’ll all have a warning
about this on the back side. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors DO NOT last forever, they actually have a 7-10 years
Make sure you look for this and purchase a unit that has not expired.
Smoke Detectors - Are you really Protected?
The one to buy will depend on the type of fire. There are two types of fires - one that creates smoke very quickly, such as
early stages of a fire.
Uses a radioisotope, typically Americium-241, to ionize air; a difference due to smoke is detected and an alarm is
generated. Ionization detectors are more sensitive to the flaming stage of fires than optical detectors, while optical
detectors are more sensitive to fires in the early smoldering stage.
Ionization smoke detectors are usually cheaper to manufacture than optical detectors. They may be more prone to false
alarms triggered by non-hazardous events than photoelectric detectors, and may be much slower to respond to typical
A photoelectric, or optical smoke detector contains a source of infrared, visible, or ultraviolet light (typically an incandescent
light bulb or light-emitting diode), a lens, and a photoelectric receiver (typically a photodiode). May be better suited for
those slow smoldering fires.
Ionization vs Photoelectric - Which One Do I choose?
Although photoelectric alarms are highly effective at detecting smoldering fires and do provide adequate protection from
flaming fires, fire safety experts and the National Fire Protection Agency recommend installing what are called combination
alarms, which are alarms that either detect both heat and smoke, or use both the ionization and photoelectric processes.
Some combination alarms may include a carbon monoxide detection capability.
NBC Today reported on how the most common smoke detectors may not go off in time...view the video.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors - its the law!
The Ontario Government passed a law in late 2014 - Ontario Regulation 194/14 requiring carbon monoxide detectors to be
in every home on every floor especially near all sleeping areas, such as bedrooms and or rooms that somebody might fall
asleep in, such as in an unfinished basement where there is a couch. For added protection carbon monoxide detectors
should be placed in every bedroom and as close to sleeping areas on every floor.
You can purchase models which plug into an electrical outlet or you can purchase a dual unit which is a smoke and carbon
monoxide detector in one package.
Placement of Smoke and Carbon Detectors
The placement of the smoke detectors are also very important. The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs website can provide
more information on the placement of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors make sure you look around the site it has
some good info. You can also look over CMHC's bulleting on Carbon Monoxide.
Where to Buy.
There are individual units, combination units (smoke and carbon detectors) or (photoelectric and ionization smoke
detectors) you can get them in battery or hardwired (house wiring) connection. Carbon Monoxide detectors can be plugged
into a wall outlet or hardwired. You can now purchase detectors with lights and even ones for hearing impaired. So many to
choose from. I recommend to do some homework, figure out which ones best for you...there are even NEST type detectors
now which may give you even more flexibility. You can also start with the manufacturer Kidde very popular in Ontario there
are other manufacturers, it's up to you to choose.
One last note - To this day even with all of the TV reports of smoke and carbon monoxide related deaths, I still see so
many homes that do not have smoke detectors and or carbon monoxide detectors. Many have outdated units, no units in
key locations and or units in the wrong locations. I also recommend that in basements you provide carbon monoxide
detectors and in some cases you may even benefit with multiple units depending on how the basement is configured, it may
be the law...read the Ontario Fire Regulation 194/14 for more information. Remember your family (kids) count on
you...better to be safe then sorry!
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Poisons in your home?.
Flame Retardants are used in the manufacturer of furniture products also (electronics, car padding and building
diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs are now showing up in peoples bodies and are thought to disrupt hormone signaling and
HBO ran a documentary based on flame retardants called "Toxic Hot Seat". The Dr. Oz show also posted a piece
about "How to Avoid Toxic Flame Retardants in your Furniture" it goes on to help you identify if you have flame
retardants in your furniture . The Chicago Tribune "Playing with Fire" has a website which has a six part series, also, if
you scroll down to the bottom you will find much more information and I also managed to find a paper by The
Environmental Working Group "No Escape" which has detailed information about the exposure to flame retardants in
mothers and babies.
1. Durham Region - Towns of Ajax, Brock, Oshawa, Pickering, Whitby and Uxbridge:
When you click the red highlighted link, above, you will be taken to a disclaimer page, if you agree to it then click on agree
and a highlighted "Access the Crime Mapping Tool" will appear, click on it - For Durham Region you will scroll towards
Toronto, Ontario then you will see three icons appear one for Oshawa (Durham Region) which is the one we want for this
section and one for NewMarket (York Region) and one for Oakville (Halton Region) these regions can also be found below.
Once you start scrolling closer to the Oshawa (Durham Region) icons will appear. On the left side of the map you will see a
button "Filter" click it and a drop down menu will appear. Here you can select date ranges and further down is an "Incident"
section, you can add or remove the type of incident and the symbol will appear or disappear on the map. You can click the
symbol for more info...I advise you to search around and play with the tools.
4. Toronto Region - Comprises the Toronto downtown and core, East York, North York, Scarborough,
When you click the red highlighted link - Go to MAPS then you can click Crime Map YTD this may take a few seconds to
load. The left side of the map has the query criteria - you can search the crime type and for the date click on the "Reported
Date is Between" then click on the highlighted "The Date..." this will give you a calender to work with...make sure you scroll
the map to the area you want.
Another interesting section to view is the Neighbourhood Crime section, at the home page under "MAPS", this will give you
a colored view of the city based on the type of incident your looking for at the left side of the map. Then scroll closer to your
specific area your interested in or live in and left click the mouse for more info.
Your interested in living in Toronto and like most people you want to make sure it's a good neighbourhood your moving to:
Toronto Life has updated The Best and Worst Places To Live in the City of Toronto for 2018...based on: Housing, Safety,
Transit, Shopping, Health, Entertainment, Community Diversity, Education and Employment.
The Fraser Institute’s School Rankings website provides a detailed report on how each school is doing in academics
compared to other ranked schools. You can compare schools in the province's of Alberta, British Colombia, Ontario and
Quebec. Reading, Writing and Math are compared. It also shows whether the school’s results are improving,
declining, or just staying steady over the most recent five years. Click any of the red highlighted links above to go
directly to the province that interests you.
More information regarding test results at the individual schools can be found at the Education Quality and
Accountability Office (EQAO). EQAO is an independent agency that creates and administers large-scale assessments to
measure Ontario students’ achievement in reading, writing and math at key stages of their education. All EQAO
assessments are developed by Ontario educators to align with The Ontario Curriculum. The assessments evaluate
student achievement objectively and in relation to a common provincial standard. EQAO is currently focused on a multi-
year modernization initiative.
Ontario compares Elementary and Secondary Schools. If you review the Report Card on Ontario's Elementary Schools
2017 PDF and or Report Card on Ontario's Secondary Schools 2017 PDF....the first several pages will provide much
more detailed insight on how to read the tables. I recommend you start here.
You can also visit the Fraser Institute Schools by Rank, Location and Name website page. Here you can search for a
specific school, compare schools and find a geographic location then zero in on a school - great if you know the area
your moving to but don't know the schools in that area.
You can go directly to the Schools by Bing Maps to find schools in a specific area.
Are you new to Canada or maybe you are thinking of moving to another province and your just not sure where to go. Is
Wealth, Affordability, Climate, Crime, Health, Taxes, etc. Important to you?. Maclean's has released an online article to
help find the right place based on those features and more that are most important to you.
Along the left side you can adjust several features to refine your requirements, basically creating your own ranking. Don't
forget to also look along the top where you can search for best places for families, retirement, affordable homes and by
region, plus more. Check it out - Maclean's Best Communities 2019
Dryer Exhaust Vent - Lint - Did you know that lint can catch on fire very easily and quickly. In fact, according to U.S Fire
Administration dryer lint fire is one of the leading causes of home cloths dryer fires in USA, An estimated 2,900 clothes dryer
fires in residential buildings are reported to U.S. fire departments each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and
$35 million in property loss. Read more...Topical Fire Report Series. You can also read a detailed report by National Fire
Protection Association NFPA...Research Report March 2017. I couldn't find any Canadian Statistics.
When is the last time you cleaned your dryer and exhaust vent?.
Where to clean
There are a few places lint should be cleaned, the lint trap inside the dryer, the exhaust pipe exhausting the warm air outside
and the machine itself.
One of the most important and usually over looked areas to clean is the Dryer Exhaust Vent. This is that pipe that is located
behind the dryer which should be a metal circular pipe, see pic to the right, if you have an older vinyl one then it should be
changed to a regulation metal dryer vent (use the heavier metal flexible or solid type exhaust hose).
Make sure you check your vent hose on a regular basis for disconnections and or damage, blowing lint and humidity into the
house can be dangerous and damaging to your health and house. Click here for "how to change a dryer exhaust vent".
How do you know when to clean the exhaust vent?
1.Excess drying times
3.Lint building up on the outside of the rear of the dryer, also may indicate a loose or disconnected vent hose.
4.The exterior vent hood flap doesn't open up easily or you actually see lint around the flap.
5.You haven't had your dryer vent cleaned in over 1 year.
How to clean a dryer exhaust vent
You can try to do it your self, "cleaning your dryer exhaust vent" or you can call a professional. You can look up a vent cleaning
company on Google and there are literally hundreds of how to videos on YouTube.
Condo Dryers - You may be required to have your dryer vent cleaned once per year - check your condo requirements.
You may even benefit with adding a regulation smoke detector in the laundry room, just a thought.
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