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It’s important to be educated on how you can avoid electrical safety accidents inside your home.
Take steps to proof your home, check regularly for new or potential hazards and, when needed, hire an electrical contractor.

Read through the safety tips below to ensure your home is the safest it can be. Doing electrical work outside? Visit Safety Outside Your Home for more information.

 



Extension cords, plugs and outlets


  • Extension cords are handy, but should only be used temporarily
  • Never remove the third prong – it’s there to prevent shocks
  • Throw out cords that are frayed, cracked, squished or heat up when in use
  • Don’t run extension cords under carpets or under heavy furniture
  • Use the right one for the job - there are special extension cords rated for use with appliances like heaters and air conditioners, and also ones specifically for outdoor use
  • Don’t create “octopus outlets” - overloading electrical outlets by plugging in too many things causes a safety hazard
  • Replace any broken or missing switch plate covers right away
  • Install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) in bathrooms, laundry rooms and outdoors. Download a GFCI guide
     
          


    Appliance safety


    Electricity and water don’t mix

       
       
    • Always look for a Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or
      Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC) label on
      electrically-powered appliances. This indicates that the product
      has been tested and meets the Ontario Electrical Safety Code.
       
    • Ensure electrical cords on your appliances aren’t loose or
      damaged
    • Be careful in the bathroom and near sinks - radios, hairdryers and
      other appliances are hazardous when used near water
    • Don’t use electric mowers on wet grass or electrically-powered
      tools in the rain or near water

Become familiar with your home’s electrical equipment

According to the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA), it is recommended that you become familiar with your home’s electrical equipment. Don’t ignore these warning signs:

 

       
 

Dim, flickering or surging lights

 

Fuses that constantly blow or breakers
that often trip

 

 

 

Outlets that don’t work when the fuse is replaced or breaker is reset

 

Switches or fuses that are hot to the touch (turn them off immediately)

 

Doing electrical work? Hire a qualified electrical contractor

It’s recommended that you hire a qualified electrical contractor to help with any of your home’s electrical needs, such as re-wiring or
replacing a fuse box. Check out the ESA website to find a qualified contractor in your area.

The ESA shares the most up-to-date information, resources and tips. Visit esasafe.com for more information.