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MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 22, 2018 /CNW/ – The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) is advising Ontarians in areas most affected by yesterday’s tornado and high winds to take a moment and check for damage to their home or property’s electrical system. Even if power has been restored or never went out, your electrical mast may have been pulled away from the building, or there may be sagging overhead electrical wires where they connect to your home. These could be shock or fire hazards and must be repaired before power can be restored to your home.
Looking for Damage to Electrical Service
Getting Repairs Done
Only Licensed Electrical Contractors can be hired to do residential electrical repairs. They will take out permits with the Electrical Safety Authority so that inspection can occur and an official record of the work is generated. Hiring a handyman or anyone other than a Licensed Electrical Contractor will result in delays in having your power restored.
Portable generators can provide security and comfort during power outages. However, they can create electrical shock and fire hazards if connected or used incorrectly.
Follow these tips to ensure you’re using your generator safely:
Cleaning up after the Storm
When attempting to clean up after the storm please follow these tips:
For more information on these and other electrical safety topics go to www.esasafe.com.
About the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA)
The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) is an administrative authority acting on behalf of the Government of Ontario with specific responsibilities under the Electricity Act and the Safety and Consumer Statutes Administration Act. As part of its mandate, ESA is responsible for administering regulation in four key areas: the Ontario Electrical Safety Code; licensing of Electrical Contractors and Master Electricians; electrical distribution safety; and electrical product safety.
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