Responding to a Power Outage
- Turn off all tools, appliances, and electronic equipment.
- Keep your fridge and freezer closed as much as possible. A freezer can hold food for 24 to 36 hours if undisturbed.
- Never leave lit candles unattended and be sure to use proper candle holders.
When Power is Restored
- Check food supplies in the fridge and freezer and dispose of anything that has spoiled.
- Restock any supplies in your emergency kit that you used during the outage.
If a power failure affects the elevators:
- Press the phone symbol (PH) emergency button on the elevator panel to connect with Campus Safety or call them at 416-978-2222.
- Do not force open the elevator door.
- Do not exit from the elevator if it is not at the floor level.
- If you or an individual has accessibility concerns impacted by an elevator outage, contact Campus Safety at 416-978-2222.
- This includes if the outage has resulted in you or another member of the community being stranded in a building.
- Campus Safety will dispatch emergency personnel to assist.
- Power outages usually occur for short periods of time but have the potential to go on for several days and weeks.
- For status updates about outages in Toronto, visit the Toronto Hydro website. For status updates about outages in Mississauga, visit the Alectra Utilities website.
- Students living in residence may want to consider that food services operations on campus may be impacted by extended power outages.
- Assemble an emergency kit with non-perishable food, drinking water, and other supplies.
- Save important phone numbers in case wireless networks are down, and internet access is unavailable.
- Use surge-protecting power bars to prevent damage to electronic appliances.
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