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Outages And Safety

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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).