Media Release: City of Toronto monitoring electrical safety inspection at 240 Wellesley Street East

The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) has advised Toronto Fire Services (TFS) and Municipal Licensing & Standards (MLS) that it will be conducting a residential high-rise electrical safety inspection at 240 Wellesley St. E. on February 21. This inspection is being conducted proactively by the building owner following recent serious incidents at 650 Parliament St. and 260 and 280 Wellesley St. E.

Starting tomorrow at 9 a.m., the building will undergo a physical inspection of its electrical system. During the inspection, power to the building will be completely disconnected. The building will have no electricity, heat, water, or elevator service for a minimum of 24 hours. The building owner advised residents of the upcoming outage on February 15.

During the inspection, the safety of residents and workers is the priority. The building owner has contracted a third-party company to provide bottled water, hot beverages, snacks and assistance to residents throughout the outage as well as conduct inspections in accordance with the building's fire safety plan. As with any outage of this type, Toronto Fire Services will monitor compliance with the fire safety plan. In the event repairs are needed before power can be restored, the ESA will provide direction to the property owner and the property owner will communicate with residents directly.

During the outage, residents are free to use the Wellesley Community Centre located at 495 Sherbourne St. for showers and to charge electronic devices. Information about the community centre is available online or by phone at 416-392-0227.

Fact sheets with important power and water outage information will be distributed to residents and are available on the City's website. These webpages are available in 51 languages by using the website's translation function.

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