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Outages and Safety

Electrical Safety

 Check out these simple tips to ensure you and your loved safe and prevent electrical injury.

Home Safety

  • If your outlet has a missing or broken cover plate, replace it immediately. Outlet covers create a barrier between people and exposed wires;
  • Install tamper-resistant receptacles to protect younger children from shocks. They have special shutters that cover the plug slots and help prevent fingers or objects from going into the outlet;
  • Never overload outlets by plugging in too many cords. Use an approved power bar that has surge protection instead. 
  • Always remove a cord from the outlet by grasping the plug. Do not pull on the cord, this can damage the cord, appliance, and the outlet.
  • Replace frayed cords; tape won’t protect anyone from a shock.
  • Water and electricity can be a lethal mix. Install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) in any room with water (bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms).
  • If you need electrical work done in your home, only hire a Licensed Electrical Contractor .

Outdoor Safety

  • Use Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) on all outdoor outlets.
  • Use electric lawnmowers on dry grass only. Do not mow the lawn while it is raining.
  • Keep outdoor outlets covered when not in use.
  • When outdoors, only use extension cords rated for outdoor use. These are designed to resist outdoor conditions.
  • Use electrical appliances and tools rated for outdoor use.
  • If you are planning to dig on your property, you must contact Ontario One Call a minimum of 5 days before you dig into a project of any size. It's free, it's easy, it's the law.

Powerline Safety

  • Before you start any yard work or home maintenance outside, locate and be aware of overhead powerlines. 
  • Carry ladders horizontally. Never carry ladders vertically as they may come in contact or close to powerlines.
  • You don’t have to touch a powerline to receive a deadly shock. Electricity can jump or “arc” to you or your tools if you get too close. Stay at least three metres (10 feet) away from powerlines.
  • Never climb trees near powerlines.
  • If you see a downed powerline, stay 10 metres (33 ft) or more away! Call InnPower at (705) 431-4321 and 911 immediately.
For more information, please visit the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA).

    Offices closed Monday, May 20, 2024

    Offices will be closed on Monday in observation of Victoria Day.