Ontario's Electrical Safety Authority provides electrical safety tips
when flooding occurs.
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Jan. 10, 2014 /CNW/ - In the aftermath of the recent
winter storms and the milder temperatures expected this weekend, the
Electrical Safety Authority is providing the following safety tips to
Ontario homeowners if they experience flooding or water damage from the
melting snow and ice.
Electrical equipment and wiring that has been exposed to water may be
dangerous if re-energized without proper evaluation and reconditioning
or replacement by qualified persons.
Residents are reminded to keep the following flood safety tips in mind:
In the event that flood water has risen above outlets, covers
powercords, or is near the service panel stay out of your basement and
contact your Local Distribution Company and arrange for them to
disconnect power to your home.
Power should be disconnected at the service by ensuring that the main
switch is left in the "off" position until all electrical equipment has
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.
ESA reminds all homeowners and businesses, including restoration
companies, to ensure that the power has been disconnected to the entire
property before entering the house to avoid the dangers of shock and
electrocution. This includes flooded basements and outbuildings that
contain electrical equipment or have an electrical connection.
ESA's website has a searchable database where homeowners and business
owners can find a licensed electrical contractor in their area. In
order to access this tool and 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
For additional electrical safety information visit www.esasafe.com
SOURCE: Electrical Safety Authority
For further information:
Electrical Safety Authority
1 (800) 498-4600/ (905) 712-7819