Starting Electrical Work In Your Home?
What to do before starting electrical work
Before starting any electrical work in your home, you need to know your obligations under the Ontario Electrical Safety Code. It specifies steps you need to take to ensure the work is being done safely. Visit the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) for detailed guidance on starting your project.
Always hire a professional for electrical work. It's dangerous and can be fatal if not done safely.
Extension Cords, Plugs and Outlets
- Keep electrical cords away from water and heat.
- Never use a plug when your hands are wet.
- Always remove a cord from the outlet by grasping the plug, not the cord.
- Always use a three-pronged plug, never break off or bypass the third prong.
- Don't overload outlets by plugging in too many appliances or devices.
- Install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) to help prevent electric shock. They're ideal for spaces with a water source, such as bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms.
- Replace cords that are frayed, cracked or that heat up when in use.
- Use the right extension cord. There are different types for everyday devices, large appliances and outdoor use.
Gardening or Planting a Tree?
Call before you dig by contacting Ontario One Call.
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If you plan to do any work that requires digging, have a FREE locate done by Ontario One Call.
Although you can't see them, there are just as many, if not more, electrical cables and gas lines running below ground level, as there are above.
Hitting a cable with a power shovel, excavator or auger can result in serious damage, liability, severe injury, or even death. As the contractor doing the digging, you are responsible for getting a cable and/or gas locate for your job. Make sure workers on the site are trained properly and are aware of these potential hazards.
For more information on how to safely plant trees on your property, please see the Electrical Safety Authority's Planting Near or Around Powerlines & Electrical Equipment resource.
Ladders and Lines Don't Mix
Before you begin roofing, siding or even eavestrough work, be sure to look up and stay clear of overhead powerlines. You can be seriously hurt or killed if the object you are holding or standing on contacts a powerline.
- Before raising or extending any equipment capable of reaching a powerline, check in all directions for powerlines.
- Keep a safe distance from any powerline measuring from the end or tip of your own extended reach and including the end of any object you are holding or carrying.
Even non-metallic ladders and equipment can conduct electricity.