Greetings from Neighbourhood Watch London!

Fall colours are always a beautiful sight and they’re at their best in October. We hope that you’re enjoying the panorama, and that you are staying safe, happy, and healthy.

COVID-19

There have been some key developments in relation to the pandemic in recent weeks. This includes the announcement that fully vaccinated Canadians will be allowed to enter the United States at border crossings beginning in November, U.S. to reopen land border . You can stay current with the Ontario government’s pandemic planning by visiting the province’s website link, COVID 19 Public Health Measures and Advice.

Fire Prevention Week

Get Loud! That was the theme and the title of this year’s Fire Prevention Week, which took place October 3-9. The 2021 campaign focused on making sure everyone has working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in their homes. “Get to know the sounds your alarms make. If the alarm doesn’t sound, install a new battery. If the alarm still doesn’t sound, replace the alarm with a new, certified one,” advises Ontario Fire Marshal Jon Pegg. Here’s some other timely fire prevention advice via Twitter:

Halloween Safety

October means Halloween. And with the pandemic, there are considerations to keep in mind to make sure everyone stays safe and healthy. A recent news article, Public Health Do's and Don't For Trick-Or-Treating, has suggested precautions from the Region of Waterloo’s chief medical officer of health.

Trick-or-Treaters:

  • Stay home if sick
  • Follow an outdoor route
  • Wait for others to leave a home before approaching
  • Wear a face covering

Giving out Candy

  • Wash hands before giving out candy
  • Only hand out purchased and packaged treats
  • Wear a face mask
  • Don’t ask trick-or-treaters to shout or sing

Fraud Prevention

We invite you to join us via Zoom on Thursday October 28th, at 1 p.m. for the latest in Neighbourhood Watch London’s series of webinars on seniors and fraud prevention. The upcoming seminar will feature Carol Gilmour from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. Carol’s presentation will focus on how to recognize, reject and report “tech support” scams aimed at seniors. Keep an eye out for the email link we will be sending you closer to the date.

Until next month, stay safe and stay healthy!

-The Neighbourhood Watch London Team