MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 29, 2012 /CNW/ - Ontario's Electrical Safety Authority warns residents and workers in Conmee Township and the Municipality of Oliver Paipoonge to follow basic safety steps during stormy weather.
Following a flood electrical equipment should not be re-energized without proper reconditioning or replacement. Do not plug in or attempt to use electrical appliances that have been wet until they have been checked or serviced by an electrician or service agency. This includes energizing appliances impacted by flood water with an emergency portable generator.
Before addressing a flood situation power should be disconnected at the service panel. In the event that flood water has risen above outlets, covers power cords, or is near the service panel contact your Local Distribution Company to disconnect power to your home. Once power has been turned off or disconnected a licensed electrical contractor should be contacted to determine if electrical equipment (wires, plugs) or appliances need to be replaced.
Treat powerlines as live. At all times stay a minimum of 35 feet away from downed powerlines and report these immediately to your Local Distribution Company (Electric Utility). Also note that electrical equipment and wiring that has been exposed to water through flooding may be dangerous if re-energized without proper evaluation and reconditioning or replacement by qualified persons.
For further information:
Cathy Chernysh, Director of Communication, (905) 712-5371
Ted Olechna, Provincial Code Engineer, (905) 712-5366