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:
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
in the kitchen due to a fire in a pan called a "hot" fire and smoldering fires such as those in a couch burning slowly or in the
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 link, see red highlighted link at bottom of this section, 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.
2. Halton Region - Comprises the city of Burlington and the towns of Oakville, Milton, and Halton Hills:
This map is similar to the Durham and York Regions.
3. Peel Region - Comprises the cities of Brampton and Mississauga, and the town of Caledon:
When you click the link, see red highlighted link at bottom of this section, you will be taken directly to a map on the left you
will see the disclaimer - You want to click the layer icon at the very bottom on the left side just above the windows icon. A
drop down menu will appear with options for last 7 days and last 30 days, you can also click the icons on the map for more
4. Toronto Region - Comprises the Toronto downtown and core, East York, North York, Scarborough,
When you click the link, see red highlighted link at bottom of this section - 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.
5. York Region - Comprises Aurora | East Gwillimbury | Georgina | King | Markham | Newmarket | Richmond Hill |
Whitchurch-Stouffville | Vaughan:
Agree to the Disclaimer. At the top left side of the map click "Filter" and this map is similar as Durham and York Region
The Best and Worst Neighbourhoods in the City of Toronto 2018:
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.