MISSISSAUGA, ON, July 9, 2013 /CNW/ - Electrical equipment and wiring
that has been exposed to water through flooding may be dangerous if
re-energized without proper evaluation and reconditioning or
replacement by qualified persons.
Electrical Equipment - impacted by flood water could be unsafe, this includes the main
breaker. Power should be disconnected at the service by ensuring that
the main switch is left in the "off" position until all electrical
equipment has been tested. In the event that flood water has risen
above outlets, covers powercords, or is near the service panel you
should contact your Local Distribution Company and arrange for them to
disconnect power to your home. Once power has been turned off or
disconnected a licensed electrical contractor should be contacted to
determine if electrical equipment (wires, plugs) need to be replaced.
Do not plug in or attempt to use electrical appliances that have been
wet until they have been checked or serviced by a licensed electrical
contractor or service agency. Ask your contractor, or contact the
manufacturer or dealer for the nearest service location.
Portable Generators - should not be connected 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 your
generator and all component parts to ensure that they have been
approved by a recognized certification agency. Portable generators that
are hard wired into your electrical wiring are required to have a
transfer device to protect your home and the utility system. In
addition, hardwired generator installations must be inspected by the
Electrical Safety Authority to ensure they comply with Ontario
Electrical Safety Code requirements. Portable Generators should only be
used in well ventilated areas. For more information on portable
generator safety and certification requirements visit www.esasafe.com.
Upon returning home after a flood homeowners should stay a minimum of 35 feet away from downed powerlines
and immediately report these to the Local Distribution Company.
In the event of a powerline emergency call 911 and your Local
Ontario's Electrical Safety Code requires generators to be connected to
a wiring system with an approved transfer device. The device prevents
Utility power from entering your home when a generator is in use; and
prevents generator power from flowing back onto the Utility system.
For additional storm safety information visit www.esasafe.com
SOURCE: Electrical Safety Authority
For further information:
Electrical Safety Authority