Ontario's Electrical Safety Authority offers tips for safe installation
of holiday lights and decorations.
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - As December quickly approaches, so
does the festive season with holiday decorating kicking off in earnest
in homes across Ontario. The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) offers
the following tips to help keep you and your family safe from
electrical hazards when buying and installing holiday lighting and
When buying new electrical holiday decorations ensure products are:
Rated and marked for where you're planning to use them. Decorations are
designed and marked for either indoor or outdoor use.
Approved for use in Ontario and bear the mark of an accredited certification agency. A complete list of acceptable
certification marks in Ontario is available at www.esasafe.com/electricalproducts/marks. ESA encourages consumers to purchase decorations from reputable and
well-established retail outlets.
Before you decorate:
Replace damaged electrical products including cords, lights and
Check the manufacturer's instructions for specific directions on how
many strings can be connected together; some limit to three strings.
Never remove the third prong from the plug of any electrical product -
this is a "grounding pin" that works to prevent electric shock in the
event of electrical equipment failure.
Avoid overloading circuits with plugs and extension cords. This can
create overheating that could result in a fire. Fuses that frequently
blow or circuits that often trip can be a sign of overloading.
Plug outdoor decorations into receptacles that are protected by a Ground
Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)—these are designed to cut off the flow
of electricity to avoid shock hazards if the electrical system or
product fails. Portable GFCIs are recommended for outdoor decorating.
Look up! Look out! Check for overhead powerlines before using a ladder
to install lights or decorations on your roof or in trees.
During the season:
Before you turn in for bed and when you leave the house, turn off or
unplug holiday lights and electrical decorations.
Remove lights and decorations when the holidays end and store them until
next year so they remain in safe working order. Freezing temperatures
may cause cords to crack and holiday decorations are not designed for
Stay safe and enjoy the festive decorations this season. For more holiday safety tips 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
For further information:
Electrical Safety Authority
1 (800) 498-4600/(905) 712-7819 or