MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 31, 2013 /CNW/ - Ontario's Electrical Safety
Authority (ESA) reminds people in Southern and Eastern Ontario about
electrical safety precautions during stormy weather. High winds can
cause damage to powerlines and interrupt electrical service.
Know what to do to protect yourself, your family and your property
during severe weather.
Downed powerlines may be live. Stay at least 35 feet or 11 meters away
as electricity can travel through water and the ground around
powerlines. Immediately report any downed wires to the Local
Distribution Company (local hydro company) and call 911. Remain well
Refrain from clearing storm debris until the power is disconnected or
powerlines are repaired. Downed powerlines that still have electricity
flowing through them may be hidden underneath tree branches and leaves.
If a powerline lands on your vehicle, remain in the vehicle until
emergency responders arrive. Exiting a vehicle that has been contacted
by a live powerline is extremely dangerous. Similarly, do not attempt
to assist someone in a vehicle touched by powerlines.
When used correctly, portable generators can provide security and
comfort during power outages. Only use in dry, well-ventilated areas
and never connect portable generators to electrical appliances or
wiring components that have been impacted by flood water.
Portable generators can cause electrical hazards if connected or used
incorrectly. Check the generator and all component parts to ensure that
they have been approved by a recognized certification agency. Portable
generators that are permanently installed into your electrical wiring
are required to have a transfer device to protect your home and the
For more electrical safety information please visit esasafe.com.
About the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA)
The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) is an administrative authority
acting on behalf of the Government of Ontario with specific
responsibilities under the Electricity Act and the Safety and Consumer
Statutes Administration Act. As part of its mandate, ESA is responsible
for administering regulation in four key areas: the Ontario Electrical
Safety Code; licensing of Electrical Contractors and Master
Electricians; electrical distribution safety; and electrical product
SOURCE: Electrical Safety Authority
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Electrical Safety Authority