MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 26, 2013 /CNW/ - The Electrical Safety Authority
is providing this important information to people who have experienced
damage to their home's electrical equipment.
Electrical Equipment May Belong to You and Not The Electrical Utility
Typically a homeowner's ownership of electrical equipment begins where
the wires attach to the house. This means the wire from the pole to
the house generally is the utility's, but the wires inside the
mast/pipe, the mast, and those attached to the house and in it belong to you.
IF THIS EQUIPMENT IS DAMAGED, you need to arrange repairs before the utility can safely reconnect power.
You should start this process immediately.
The Four Steps to Get Repairs Done
Don't attempt to repair this equipment yourself. Stay back to avoid
risk of shock, electrocution or fire.
Contact a Licensed Electrical Contractor to make repairs.
Once you have hired a Licensed Electrical Contractor:
If you are able to go online, go to www.esasafe.com and use the "Find a Licensed Electrical Contractor" search tools.
After the work is done, the homeowner should ask the contractor for a
copy of the ESA certificate of Inspection for their records and
The contractor will file for a permit with the Electrical Safety
Authority (ESA) so there is a record of the work;
When the contractor completes the work, the contractor will notify ESA
and the ESA Inspector will confirm work has been done safely and power
can be reconnected;
ESA will inform the utility that it is safe to reconnect;
The utility will reconnect when it is able to do so.
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
Image with caption: "Example of Damaged Homeowner-Owned Equipment (CNW Group/Electrical Safety Authority)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131226_C6707_PHOTO_EN_35246.jpg
Image with caption: "Example of Damaged Homeowner-Owned Equipment (CNW Group/Electrical Safety Authority)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131226_C6707_PHOTO_EN_35247.jpg
SOURCE: Electrical Safety Authority
For further information:
1-800-498-4600 or 905-712-7819