Don't be 'shocked' by a home renovation

    All electrical work in Ontario must now be performed by licensed

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 24 /CNW/ - If you're planning on converting your
basement, remodelling your kitchen or updating a bathroom - any job that
requires electrical work - make sure your shopping list also includes finding
a Licensed Electrical Contractor. In an effort to protect the public from
electrical work that does not meet Ontario's safety standards, the Ontario
government has passed a new law which is being enforced by the province's
Electrical Safety Authority.
    The new legislation, passed earlier this year, requires all electrical
contractors to be licensed by the Electrical Contractor Registration Agency of
the Electrical Safety Authority. Consumers are now also required by law to
hire only licensed electrical contractors.
    "Wiring and electrical work is complicated and if performed incorrectly
can result in serious injury or fire," said Peter Marcucci, Regulatory Affairs
Vice President of the Electrical Safety Authority. "This new law ensures
consumers are protected against individuals who are not qualified and may
perform electrical services that do not meet Ontario's safety standards."
    Since 1998, 100 Ontario workers and homeowners have been killed by
electrocution, and 2,974 electrical fires have been reported in the Electrical
Safety Authority's 2006 Ontario Electrical Safety Report.
    "We know people want to protect the safety of their family and the
property in which they've invested so much time and money. Ontarians can now
feel confident that when they hire a Licensed Electrical Contractor, they are
hiring someone who is qualified, competent and insured in accordance with the
law," said Marcucci.
    Property owners and managers in search of a Licensed Electrical
Contractor to perform electrical work should ask for the contractor's license
number. The public is being encouraged to visit or call 
1-877-372-7233 to access a list of Licensed Electrical Contractors by location
in Ontario.

For further information:

For further information: Dan Ovsey/Sonia Prashar, APEX Public Relations,
(416) 924-4442 ext. 239/223,

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