November 8, 2015
November's Edmonton Market Update
As we will gather at Remembrance Day ceremonies across Canada this month to honor the courageous men and women who have gallantly paid for our freedom, we ponder what we can do to protect our own loved ones in the place we call home. We have come up with recommendations to safeguard your home and have also prepared a checklist to keep our most cherished ones out of harm’s way.
As always, we also provided you with news and events happening around the city, along with a status update for our ever changing local real estate market.
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On October 26th Canada Post temporarily suspended it’s controversial community mailbox program, believed to be a direct response to the newly elected federal government's campaign promise to put an immediate moratorium on the cuts and carry out a study. This decision will affect the over 460,000 homes across Canada slotted to receive community mailboxes but have not to date. These home will continue to receive door to door service from Canada Post. Those homes recently converted to community mailboxes will continue to receive mail to the boxes and it is still unclear if there will be any reversion back to the door to door service.Full News release from Canada Post
- Beyond Rubik's Cube Exhibition
- Saturday, November 7 to Monday, February 15, 2016
- Roots, Shoots and Winter Squash Long Table Dinner
- Sunday, November 8
- Canadian Finals Rodeo
- Wednesday, November 11 to Sunday, November 15
- Farmfair International
- Wednesday, November 11 to Sunday, November 15
- Christmas on the Square Holiday Light Up
- Saturday, November 14
- Santa's Parade of Lights 2015
- Saturday, November 21
- The Festival of Trees
- Thursday, November 26 to Sunday, November 29
- Winterfest at Snow Valley Ski Club
- Friday, November 27 to Sunday, November 29
Our home is our sanctuary and we all take precautions to safeguard those who take refuge in it. Technology has advanced recently to come up with some great state of the art security systems. Have a look at some features security systems are now offering to keep you and yours safe:
1. Doorbell Camera - A tiny infrared camera with Wi-Fi connectivity uses an app so you can see and speak with your visitor on your smart phone, whether you’re in the home or away. The video can even be recorded and stored on a cloud.
2. Glass Break Sensor - detects if someone breaks one of your windows.
3. Heat/smoke Sensor - detects an increase of temperature in your home, warning you if you seem to be in danger of a fire.
4. Window/door Sensor - detects if a window or door is opened.
5. Security Cameras - provides you with video footage of any events that may happen and act as a visible deterrent to criminals.
6. Carbon Monoxide Detector - detects toxic gas that you cannot otherwise see, smell, or taste warning you if of dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, so you can get your family to safety.
7. Flood Sensor - detects water intake and can alarm you before a massive amount of damage or flood in your home.
8. Freeze Sensor - detects dangerously low temperatures and warns you before pipes freeze - saving you from expensive damages.
9. Smart Thermostat and Outlets - allows you to control the thermostat on any web-enabled device and a great tool to turn lights on and off while you’re on vacation. Can help give the appearance someone is home and can turn off any devices you may have plugged in.
10. Electronic Lock - can be remotely monitored and controlled, both to lock and unlock which gives you the advantages of key control, allowing keys or codes to be added and removed without re-keying the lock cylinder.
Keeping children safe is paramount. We’ve come up with a list that can help safeguard them from harm in your home.
- Place nonslip mats in and next to the bathtub, and soft covers for bathtub spout and knobs.
- Turn down overall temperature of your water heater to prevent scalds during bathing.
- Use digital thermometer as an indicator that the water temperature is just right!
- Installing doorstops or door holders help protect child’s fingers.
- If you can, use cordless window coverings and cut off or tie up dangling cords on drapes and blinds.
- Mark expanses of glass with colorful stickers (such as sliding doors.)
- Install stops, guards and safety mesh on windows, decks, and landings.
- Set up window protectors to avoid falls but be sure they're easy for you to remove in case of fire.
- Install corner or edge guards on furniture that may turn into a threat as child climbs, walks, and grows taller.
- Secure furniture and appliances that can knock over (e.g.: bookcases, chests of drawers, televisions, etc.) Unstable lamps should be secured behind furniture.
- Block railings with plastic garden fencing or other material.
- Place outlet covers or safety plugs over unused outlets or block/hide them including electrical cords with furniture. Keep all appliances unplugged and out of reach.
- Check and replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors monthly. Plan and review a fire escape route with your child.
- Confine access to unsafe areas with safety gates, knob covers, and door locks.
- Keep trash cans in unreachable cupboards.
- Cover or block entrance to radiators or floor heaters.
- Secure appliances with latch, i.e.: refrigerator, etc.
- Keep electronic equipment out of reach or locked up, i.e.: like stereos DVRs, DVD players and remotes.
Last but not least, it doesn’t hurt to keep an essential first aid kit accessible at all times.
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