Interview Opportunity - Prepare for winter by plugging in safely this fall

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 30 /CNW/ -

    WHAT:  Colder weather, shorter days and falling leaves mean it's time to
           get homes ready for winter. Fall is a great time to plan home
           renovation projects that have been on hold such as basements and
           kitchens renos. Before undertaking a new project, a number of
           critical factors need to be considered to ensure long-term safety
           and the security of time and money invested.

           Each year, unsafe home electrical projects result in extensive
           damage to property, serious injury and even death. The Electrical
           Safety Authority reports that 77% of electrical fires in the
           province occur in residential properties, and since 2002, fully
           33% of those electrical fires are caused by faulty electrical
           systems and wiring. Additionally, 100 Ontarians have been killed
           by electrocution since 1998.

           Last year, the ESA implemented regulations requiring all
           electrical contracting businesses operating in Ontario to be
           licensed by the ESA. Consumers are also required by law to hire
           only Licensed Electrical Contractors. This new initiative will
           protect Ontarians and give them peace of mind in knowing the
           contractor they hire will not endanger them, their loved ones or
           their property as they perform renovations involving electrical

    WHO:   Lucy Impera, Registrar-Licensing & Certification of the Electrical
           Safety Authority, is able to offer tips and advice for those
           planning a home renovation project.

           Lucy can speak on the following topics:

           -  Do's and don'ts to consider before you start your home renos
           -  Common wiring mistakes found in DIY electrical work, and how
              those mistakes create a potentially hazardous home environment
           -  The importance of hiring a Licensed Electrical Contractor and
              how to locate one locally

For further information:

For further information: To book an interview, please contact: Sonia
Prashar, APEX Public Relations, (416) 924-4442 ext. 223,

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