Electrical Safety Tips
RECOMMENDED BY THE ELECTRICAL SAFETY AUTHORITY, ESA
Homemeowners are encouraged to regularly check their home for:
- Damaged and/or frayed electrical cords or plugs.
- Fuses that blow, or circuit breakers that frequently trip.
- Extension cords used as permanent wiring, or cords that are missing 3rd prongs.
- Overloaded electrical outlets.
Tips to Keep You Safe at the Cottage.
The Electrical Safety Authority encourages you to check the following when Opening your Cottage:
- Prior to turning on your main switch – check all overhead lines that carry electricity to your property to ensure these have not been damaged over the winter months. Stay clear of damaged lines, and contact your Local Distributing Company for assistance.
- Check all wiring around your cottage that runs exterior equipment such as water pumps, etc. If wires are damaged remove associated fuse or turn off the circuit breaker and contact a licensed electrical contractor or electrician to arrange for repairs.
- Ensure all appliances are turned off and clear of debris (i.e. base board heaters and stove tops) prior to energizing.
- Ensure the water tank is full prior to energizing. If you have an electric furnace, ensure your chimney is clean prior to energizing (i.e. bird’s nests etc.).
- All branch circuits should be in the off position when the main switch is turned on. Circuits should be energized one at a time after the main switch has been turned on.
Tips to Keep You Safe at the Cottage.
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) are required for all circuits that supply outdoor appliances and tools, and/or are located in kitchens and bathrooms. Call a licensed electrical contractor or electrician if fuses repeatedly blow and circuits frequently trip. Arrange for an application for inspection with the Electrical Safety Authority for any electrical installation you are planning.
- Are rated for interior and exterior use – check before you buy one.
- With ground pins (third prongs) should be left intact. Never remove the third prong. that are frayed or show other damage should he replaced.
- That are connected outside should be protected and kept dry.
PORTABLE STANDBY GENERATOR:
- Ensure all generator components bear the marking of a recognized approval label (visit www.esa-safe.com for a list of recognized approval labels for Ontario.)
- Ensure the components of the generator include a transfer device or transfer panel and proper connection cords and receptacles. Ensure all components are operating properly.
- Ensure the unit has been grounded and bonded in accordance with the Ontario Electrical Safety Code.
- Follow all manufacturer’s directions and maintenance routines.
- Use a licensed electrical contractor or electrician to install your unit.
Electrical Shock and Fire Hazard Safety Tips
All Ontario residents need to consider electrical safety. The 1st step is awareness – awareness that electricity must be used safely. The 2nd step is reducing and eliminating risk by recognizing that simple precautions will keep you electrically safe. Electrical shock and fire hazards are often caused by poor or improperly installed wiring and electrical systems.
- Improperly installed lighting and faulty or temporary wiring.
- poorly-made connections, improper use of appliances and extension cords.
If you are concerned about electrical applications in your home or are considering a renovation or even a new home purchase, an Electrical Inspector can assist you in ensuring that electrical systems and applications meet the requirements of the Ontario Electrical Safety Code. This Code has been developed to keep residents and businesses in Ontario safe from electrical shock and fire hazards.
The Electrical Safety Authority encourages you to regularly check your home for:
- A loose or damaged plugs, damaged and/or frayed electrical cords.
- Fuses that blow or circuit breakers that trip frequently, or for circuits that won’t work when fuses are replaced or breakers reset.
- Dim or flickering lights.
EXTENSION CORDS ARE HANDY BUT:
- You should never remove the 3rd prong – this prong exists to prevent shocks!
- Should not be used in place of permanent wiring .
- Should not be used if cords show signs of damage such as loose prongs, splits in the plastic casing (cord jacket), or heat excessively when in use.
- Should be kept away from heat and water.
- Should never be placed under carpets or under heavy furnitures.
- Never overload electrical outlets by plugging in too many plugs.
- install Ground Faults Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) in your bathrooms and laundry rooms, and ensure GFCIs are used to supply appliances outdoors to minimize the risk of electrical shock!
- Check that all electrical appliances are “approved” with recognized approval markings to ensure they meet the electrical safety requirements for Ontario (these markings can be found in “The Homeowner’s Guide to Electrical Safety Authority Services”).