Ontario's Electrical Safety Authority offers electrical safety tips to
protect you and your cottage
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - As the leaves fall to the ground
and another cottage season comes to an end, many Ontarians will be
heading to the cottage for the last long weekend before winter. The
Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) is calling on cottagers to think
about electrical safety when closing up for the season. Following
these simple precautions now will help protect your cottage investment
over the winter months. These tips will also keep you safe when you
power back up next spring, and save you time and money, too.
If you choose to shut your cottage's power off completely, follow these
three steps to power down safely:
Before shutting off the main electrical switch, first switch off the
branch circuit breakers or fuses. Switching these off first will help
protect major (and critical) appliances, such as your pump, hot water
tank and electrical space heaters. Avoiding damage to important
appliances will save you headaches when you re-open in the spring.
Prevent extension cord damage caused by rodents by storing your
electrical cords in rodent-proof containers, or consider storing them
at home. Don't leave extension cords outside or anywhere exposed to
freezing temperatures which may cause them to crack. Plugging in
damaged cords in the spring may pose a risk of shock or fire.
Large trees are common on cottage property and it's important to ensure
their branches aren't growing too close to overhead powerlines. Trees
can damage overhead powerlines, especially in winter when branches hang
lower under the weight of heavy snow. If there's tree trimming to be
done on your property, hire a trained arborist to remove any dangerous
branches. Call your local utility company if they own the pole and
Leave it on - safely!
If you plan to leave the power on over the winter, follow this advice to
avoid any shocking surprises upon your return.
Control the supply of power to major appliances, including your pump and
hot water heater, by switching off breakers or removing fuses to any
unused electrical equipment or circuits at your main panel. Take
special care to unplug any space heaters that might turn on suddenly
when the temperature drops, creating a fire hazard.
For water systems that can't be completely drained, don't rely on space
heaters in the pump pit. Unattended space heaters can cause a fire and
destroy your property - it's not worth the risk.
Consider a remote monitoring system to alert you to any flooding,
freezing, or fire incidents. Many of these systems can also control
exterior lighting and interior temperatures, for security and peace of
Electrical safety may not be top-of-mind when rushing around to close a
cottage for the season, but your summer property is an investment worth
protecting. If you need to do any electrical work - inside or out - to
winterize your cottage, hire a Licensed Electrical Contractor to get
the job done safely, so that your family can enjoy getting away from it
all for years to come.
The Electrical Safety Authority
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 safety.
SOURCE: Electrical Safety Authority
For further information:
Electrical Safety Authority
905-712-5387 / firstname.lastname@example.org