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How to Prepare for a Power Outage

Summer’s thunderstorms, windstorms and other inclement weather patterns increase the chances for a power outage. While most outages don’t last for very long, it’s best to be prepared so that you can stay safe during the outage. Here’s what you should do when a power outage occurs.

PREPARE A 72-HOUR EMERGENCY KIT

In case you need to get by without lighting, heating and running water, prepare a supply of emergency food and first aid items. Supplies include bottled water (3 litres per person a day), ready-to-eat food and essential medication. Keep fresh batteries and a flashlight on hand. Your kit’s supplies should be modified to suit your family’s needs if you have small children or pets. Check your kit twice a year to make sure food and medications aren’t expired.

UNPLUG ELECTRONICS

In case of a surge when power is restored, unplug all electronic items. This includes computers, televisions and appliances. If you have electric heating, turn down your thermostat. Another option for smaller appliances and electronics is to purchase a surge protecting power bar to prevent damage.

KEEP THE FRIDGE AND FREEZER SHUT

Minimize how often you open the fridge and freezer to retain temperature. The fridge can only maintain a safe temperature for about four hours if unopened, however a freezer will keep at a safe temperature for 24 to 48 hours (a fuller freezer keeps for longer). Instead, store food items that you plan to consume over the next day or two in a cooler with ice or ice packs.

WHAT NOT TO DO

Do not use camp stoves or barbecues indoors as they emit harmful carbon dioxide. Don’t use gas stoves as a heating source. Don’t leave candles unattended. Do not approach downed power lines — stay at least 10 metres away. But do report them to your local hydro authority. If there is flooding in your basement, stay away from any electrical equipment in the area.

PURCHASE A GENERATOR

If you are anticipating more frequent or longer-term power outages, consider purchasing a portable generator. These are gas-powered units that you can use to power essential appliances such as the refrigerator, sump pump, furnace and hot water heater. Be sure not to run a generator indoors or in an enclosed space like a closed garage as harmful carbon monoxide emissions can build up quickly.

Volume Growth Returns to Oakville Market

June Market Highlights
  • June volume of 216 units was up by 9.6% versus last year
  • Market showing signs of finally digesting the Fair Housing Plan (Apr 2017) and the OSFI stress test requirement (Jan 2018)
  • Average Oakville home price also increased in June by 2.2% to $1,157,779
  • Volume and prices are expected to continue to recover in the back half of 2018

Related: Monthly Neighbourhood Market Reports

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Oakville Transactions - JUNE 2018

NeighbourhoodTotal TransactionsAvg Sales Price ($)Avg Days on Market
Bronte18$946,25033
Bronte Creek13$1,054,78827
Central5$1,713,0009
Clearview8$1,142,87521
College Park17$807,40639
Falgarwood5$937,10040
Ford3$1,559,1609
Glen Abbey19$1,125,98435
Glenorchy15$1,109,74040
Joshua Creek12$1,405,39146
Morrison9$3,157,22268
Old Oakville6$1,348,44246
River Oaks25$913,62025
Southwest4$2,018,25031
Wedgewood Creek7$1,006,42927
West22$1,258,26922
West Oak Trails15$986,06733
Westmount12$1,106,19223

Burlington Days On Market Grows as Demand Declines

June Market Highlights
  • June volume of 183 units was down by 30.9% versus last year
  • Year-to-date volume (Jan thru June) down by 36.4% versus last year
  • Days on market has increased to 32 days from just 17 days last year
  • Rising interest rates and more restrictive mortgage requirements key factors dampening volume

Related: Monthly Neighbourhood Market Reports

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Burlington Transactions - JUNE 2018

NeighbourhoodTotal TransactionsAvg Sales Price ($)Avg Days on Market
Aldershot South8$730,12529
Alton Central3$754,00048
Alton West2$924,75039
Brant Hills15$628,10022
Central13$909,23127
Dynes10$669,50023
Elizabeth Gardens10$709,89031
Headon Forest11$716,62726
Longmoor10$610,50034
Maple8$916,57530
Millcroft11$827,60528
Mountainside11$611,81831
Orchard17$741,32418
Palmer6$633,50018
Pinedale10$713,21016
Roseland5$1,130,18059
Shoreacres4$1,663,75016
Tansley3$694,33339
snapd Oakville Charity Golf Tournament a Swinging Success

Kelly Jackson, Andy Kim (Wine Sponsor), Dan Cooper (Presenting Sponsor), Rob Ruso (Platinum Sponsor), Joanna Smiech, Karen Chisholm (Award Sponsor), Mark Gordon (Cart Sponsor) & David Carroll with Sydney Weaver - Photo by Mary Dilly

Charity Golf Tournament a Swinging Success

On June 18th snapd Oakville hosted its 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Piper’s Heath Golf Club supporting the Oakville Hospital Foundation and Easters Seals Ontario. Despite dire weather predictions the golf gods were on our side, and the rain that fell didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits!

As the presenting sponsor, the Dan Cooper Group would like to extend a special thank you to all the sponsors, silent auction donors, and volunteers – without them this event would not have been possible. A big thanks to all the golfers for their support and generosity in helping to raise much needed funds for these two great charities. We couldn’t have done it without you!

We are thrilled to announce that a whopping $25,000 was raised this year, surpassing the impressive $20,000 that was raised in 2017.

Both the Oakville Hospital Foundation and Easter Seals Ontario contribute to our communities in very significant and meaningful ways. From funding skilled, compassionate care and medical equipment to providing programs and services to children and youth with physical disabilities across Ontario helping them achieve greater independence, accessibility and integration, these organizations enrich lives and the fabric of our communities.

We believe in the power of communities and the people who live in them. At the Dan Cooper Group we support organizations that enrich and strengthen our local communities and we dedicate time and money to causes that matter to us!