The Electrical Safety Authority Provides Information on Process
MISSISSAUAGA, ON, Dec. 25, 2013 /CNW/ - Many Ontario homeowners may need
to have electrical repairs done as a result of damage from the recent
ice storm. Here are the critical elements to ensuring electrical work
is done legally and safely:
Hire a Licensed Electrical Contractor
If you are hiring someone to do electrical work in your home, they must
be a Licensed Electrical Contractor. General handymen and other service
providers cannot do electrical work in Ontario residences unless they
hold a Licence.
To search for a Licensed Electrical Contractor, go to www.esasafe.com and click on 'Find a Licensed Electrical Contractor in My Area." Also,
a Licensed Electrical Contractor is required to display their ESA/ECRA
licence number. Ask to see it.
An electrical permit needs to be taken out before or within 48 hours of
when the electrical work starts. If you're doing the electrical work
yourself, you need to take out the permit. If you hire a Licensed
Electrical Contractor, they must take out the permit. Do not take out a permit on behalf of a contractor or anyone else.
To confirm permit requirements and to get your permit, call
1-877-ESA-SAFE (372-7233). The Electrical Safety Authority call centre
has established emergency open hours from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on both
December 25 and 26.
ESA's expert Inspectors will review the electrical work. If the work is
done safely and in compliance with the Ontario Electrical Safety Code,
ESA will issue a certificate of inspection. If your contractor took
out the permit, get a copy of the certificate from them. Keep a copy
for your records and your insurance company.
Reconnection of Power
Once the inspection is complete, ESA will advise the local distribution
company that it is safe to reconnect power.
For more information on electrical safety when stormy weather hits,
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
For further information:
1-800-498-4600 or 905-712-7819