Archive for the ‘Safety’ Category

Holiday Decoration Safety

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Be safe during the holiday season. Watch this fun video from the ESA for some safety tips.

Smoke-Free Ontario

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Smoke-Free Ontario graphic

Did you know?
The Smoke-Free Ontario Act came into force on May 31, 2006.

The act prohibits smoking in enclosed workplaces and enclosed public places in Ontario in order to protect workers and the public from the hazards of second-hand smoke.

How does this affect LMHC tenants living in apartment buildings?
Smoking is prohibited in common areas of condominiums, apartment buildings and college and university residences. Examples of common areas include elevators, stairwells, hallways, parking garages, laundry facilities, lobbies, exercise areas and party or entertainment rooms.

What LMHC’s responsibilities?
Ensure that everyone is aware that smoking is prohibited in common areas.
Remove ashtrays and any object that serves as one.
Ensure no one smokes in the common areas of these residences.
Post No Smoking signs at all entrances, exits, washrooms, and other appropriate locations. For information on acquiring required signage, please contact your local public health unit.

How are the Smoke-Free Ontario laws enforced?
Local public health units will carry out inspections and investigate complaints in apartments, condominiums and college and university campuses in order to enforce the act.

What are the penalties if LMHC doesn’t follow the Smoke-Free laws?
There is no maximum corporate fine listed for contravention of this section of the act, meaning the fine amount would be left up to a justice of the peace. An individual could be subject to a maximum fine of $5,000.

For more information, please contact your local public health unit.

Fire Safety in High-Rise Buildings

Monday, August 27th, 2012

fire alarm clipart

There’s an excellent article in today’s London Free Press about the importance of fire safety in high-rise apartment buildings.

Some important things for tenants to remember in case of a fire:

  • When you hear the fire alarm, leave your unit and close all doors behind you.
  • Use the stairs, not the elevator.
  • Leave your building through the nearest exit.
  • Go to the designated gathering place outside your building. This location is highlighted on the floor plan posted on your building’s ground floor.
  • Never gather in your building’s lobby! This area must be kept clear for firefighters.
  • If you can’t leave your apartment because of smoke or fire in the hall, or if you have a physical disability, call the Fire Department at 911 and tell them where you are.

Fire Drills
LMHC holds fire drills in all of our buildings every three months. Tenants can find out about these fire drills by watching for notices that are posted in the building a few days before each fire drill. It’s not compulsory for tenants to participate in fire drills, but it can help you remember what to do in case of a real emergency.

Did you know?
LMHC manages 10 rent-geared-to-income apartment buildings in London that are eight stories high or higher. These 10 buildings hold more than half of our 3,282 units in London and Middlesex.