MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Liz Campbell was shocked to
discover a "litany of handyman horrors" hidden behind the walls and
ceilings of her Oakville home, which just months before had been
cleared by a home inspector.
"When I read about the tragic fire that recently took the lives of an
entire family in Ontario, I thanked my lucky stars I had heard about
Birnie CurrentSAFE," she said. "I had no idea what was going on behind
The CurrentSAFE Electrical Hazard Detection program, developed in 2005
by a reputable Pittsburgh electrical contractor who experienced an
electrical fire in his own home, has been offered to GTA homeowners by
Birnie Electric of Mississauga since 2010.
"Clients tell us the CurrentSAFE program virtually enables our specially
trained electricians to see problems behind their walls, uncovering
potential electrical hazards without any drilling or cutting," said Tim
Birnie, owner of Birnie Electric. "It's like having an MRI for your
Birnie Electric has uncovered serious electrical hazards in more than 30
percent of the hundreds of homes inspected to date, Mr. Birnie noted.
"When you buy a resale home, for instance, you have no idea what the
previous owner has been doing. Home inspections can give people a false
sense of security."
In Ms. Campbell's case, the CurrentSAFE inspection uncovered improperly
installed lights, outlets and switches as well as potentially dangerous
electrical grounding, all of which posed serious shock and fire
Mr. Birnie noted that the first stage of the CurrentSAFE program is a
no-fee, in-home assessment to:
Ensure the home is properly equipped with functioning smoke detectors
(51% of homes checked to date were not) - the first line of defence in
case of fire.
Ensure homeowners complete a household fire safety and escape plan.
Conduct a preliminary inspection for potential electrical hazards.
May is Electrical Safety Month across North America, sponsored each year
by the Electrical Safety Foundation International (EFSI). EFSI is a
non-profit group committed to preventing electrical fires, injuries and
Birnie CurrentSAFE offers an online assessment questionnaire which this
month qualifies participants for a no-fee, in-home review and a chance
to win free electricity for a year. Visit ismyhomesafe.ca to learn more.
Birnie Electric, founded in 1967, has a service team with an average of
20 years' electrical experience. They are fully insured, background
security checked and covered under WSIB. In addition to delivering the
Birnie CurrentSAFE program to residential customers, Birnie Electric
provides design/build, electrical contracting and datacomm services to
developers and contractors as well as to commercial and industrial
businesses throughout Ontario.
SOURCE: Birnie CurrentSAFE
For further information:
Birnie CurrentSAFE / Birnie Electric Limited