Ontario's Electrical Safety Authority has electrical safety tips you
MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 16, 2013 /CNW/ - If your long weekend plans include
outdoor fun, chores, cottage opening or camping, the Electrical Safety
Authority reminds Ontarians to think about your electrical needs and
keep safety top of mind.
Extension cords are a convenient way to bring power to your backyard,
deck, dock, or campsite but if you take safety short cuts you could
turn your weekend plans upside down. Follow the simple principle of
'right cord, right place, right use' to stay safe.
Outdoor Electrical Safety Tips
Pick the right extension cord for your needs and don't 'make do' with
the wrong one:
When outdoors, use only those extension cords rated for outdoor use.
They are designed to resist outdoor wear and conditions. Don't take the
shortcut of using an indoor cord or power bar even for a short period
of time - it could cause a shock, electrocution or a fire, and it's a
violation of the Ontario Electrical Safety Code.
Check the power capacity of your cord to ensure it's the same or greater
than the item you're planning to plug in. Don't make do with a
lower-capacity cord. For electric power tools, be sure to use a heavy
duty extension cord.
Don't string multiple extension cords together. Not only is it unsafe,
but it will also reduce their power capacity and your electronic tools
or gadgets won't work properly.
Always use grounded (three-pronged) cords and never remove the grounding
pin from the plug. It's there to protect you. If you have an old
two-pronged extension cord hanging around, don't use it in a pinch.
It's time to toss it out.
If you're using a cord for the first time this season do a careful check
to ensure it's in good condition. Extension cords stored outdoors in
the winter can crack, which could result in a shock, electrocution or
Plug your grounded outdoor extension cord into a Ground Fault Circuit
Interrupter (GFCI)-protected electrical outlet that has been installed
in accordance with the Ontario Electrical Safety Code. If the outlet
isn't GFCI protected, you can get a portable GFCI outlet adapter at
your local home improvement retailer or hardware store.
Never run extension cords through doors or windows even for a short
period of time. The cord can quickly become damaged from rubbing
against the door and window edges or pinched in the frame.
Don't use outdoor extension cords as long-term power sources. The longer
they're left out, the more risk there is of damage or wear. If you need
ongoing power on your deck, dock, or yard have permanent outdoor wiring
and outlets installed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor. To find a
Licensed Electrical Contractor near you, visit ESA's searchable
database at www.pluginsafely.ca.
Never bury extension cords or electrical conductors in the ground. Only
specially rated underground conductors can be buried and it must be
done in accordance with the Ontario Electrical Safety Code.
Don't staple extension cords in place or run them over nails because the
cord can easily be damaged.
Use only electrical appliances and tools that are rated for outdoor use.
Returning/Opening Your Vacation Home after a Storm or Flood
Cottage and vacation home owners may arrive to their properties only to
discover downed powerlines that have gone undetected. If this happens
to you, stay a minimum of 10 metres (33ft) away from downed powerlines
and immediately report these to your local electric utility.
If water gets into your cottage or vacation home, be careful as
electrical systems may have been affected. If you suspect damage to
your electrical system contact a licensed electrical contractor to make
the repairs. When flood water has risen above electrical outlets or
power cords, or is near the service panel, contact your local hydro
company and arrange for them to disconnect the power immediately.
About the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA)
The Electrical Safety Authority's (ESA) role is to enhance public
electrical safety in Ontario. As a delegated administrative authority
acting on behalf of the Government of Ontario, ESA is responsible for
administering specific regulations related to the Ontario Electrical
Safety Code, the licensing of Electrical Contractors and Master
Electricians, electricity distribution system safety, and electrical
product safety. ESA works extensively with stakeholders throughout the
province on education, training and promotion to foster electrical
safety across the province. More information on the Electrical Safety
Authority can be found on its website, www.esasafe.com, through Twitter @HomeandSafety and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ElectricalSafetyAuthority
SOURCE: Electrical Safety Authority
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