Electrical Safety Authority - Safety with flooding

Public Notices

Sent on behalf of Scott Saint, Chief Public Safety Officer and VP, Regulatory & Safety Programs

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With flooding expected or already occurring in many regions of the province (and significant rain in the forecast), on behalf of the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA), we are asking for your help to inform Ontarians of a heightened risk of electric shock caused when water comes into contact with electricity. Sharing this information with residents could save a life, or the lives of first responders and utility workers in your area!

We want to draw your attention to the following points and we ask you to share with residents and businesses in your area:

1)    If the basement or house has flooded above the outlets, the FIRST STEP is to have the local electric utility shut the power off – do this before contacting the insurance company or even entering the basement or the house (if the main floor is flooded).

2)    Hiring a Licensed Electrical Contractor helps avoid delays in having the utility reconnect power again after a flood. It also helps ensure the home’s electrical system is safe.

3)    ESA has a database of more than 7,200 Licensed Electrical Contractors online so it’s easy for people to find the ones near their homes.

Additional information and safety tips can be found here:

https://www.esasafe.com/assets/files/esasafe/Newsroom/Electrical-Safety-Information-for-Flood-Affected-Areas-040517.pdf

We encourage you to follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/homeandsafety and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ElectricalSafetyAuthority to share information with your residents and businesses.

In addition, in the event your region/area is implementing evacuations, ESA has a limited number of pre-printed door hangers available regarding flood affected areas. Please contact esa.communications@electricalsafety.on.ca and use the subject line “Request for Flood Materials.”

There’s also a PDF version for local printing here: https://www.dropbox.com/home/Storm%20Safety%20Materials/FLOOD%20SAFETY?preview=ESA_Doorhanger_Flood.pdf

In this period of unprecedented flooding we all have a responsibility to help keep Ontarians safe and unfortunately we have already seen incidents of critical injuries from electric shock in flooded areas. Please don’t let your area be the next one.

Regards,

Scott Saint

Scott Saint|Chief Public Safety Officer, and

Vice President, Regulatory and Safety Programs
Electrical Safety Authority