The Electrical Safety Authority is working with utilities and licensed electrical contractors to safely restore power in the wake of Saturday's storm - Canada NewsWire

The Electrical Safety Authority is working with utilities and licensed electrical contractors to safely restore power in the wake of Saturday’s storm – Canada NewsWire

Mississauga, ONAnd May 27 2022 /CNW/ – The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) is working closely with local utilities and licensed electrical contractors to restore power in affected areas across Southern Ontario safely and as quickly as possible.

“Public safety is the ESA’s top priority,” he said. Eric KingstonVice President of Operations, ESA. “ESA is aware of the significant disruption that ongoing power outages cause in daily life. Our inspectors are working closely with utilities and licensed electrical contractors to ensure that storm-affected homes are reconnected in a safe manner to avoid the risk of electric shock, fire or other property damage. “

Severe storms can cause widespread damage to the facility’s power lines and water columns. ESA works closely with utilities to ensure necessary repairs and energy recovery are carried out in a safe manner.

Storms can also damage equipment owned by customers that connects their homes or businesses to the power grid. Only licensed electrical contractors can be contracted to repair this type of customer-owned equipment. ESA works closely with licensed electrical contractors to ensure homes are reconnected to the electrical grid in a safe and efficient manner, avoiding the risk of electric shock or fire.

If the electrical connection in your home is damaged, you should contact a licensed electrical contractor to make any necessary repairs. You can find one near you at www.esasafe.com/contractor.

For assistance in this electrical emergency, the ESA Customer Service Center will open at Saturday 28 Mayy And Sunday May 29 from 9 AM – 1 PM. Please call 1-877-372-7233 or go online at esasafe.com for more information.

Find damage to the electrical service

  • Private ownership of electrical equipment usually begins where the wires connect to the home or business. This includes the electrical service mast and the wiring in it.
  • Check to see if the mast has been pulled away from the wall, broken, or separated from the meter base. Look for dangling wires;
  • If you see this or suspect any damage, contact a licensed electrical contractor to have it checked and make the necessary repairs.

The illustration below aids visual identification between utilities and customer equipment.

Get the fixes
Only licensed electrical contractors can be contracted to do residential electrical repairs. They will file a notification with the Electrical Safety Authority so that the electrical work is reviewed and an official record of the work is established. In some cases, LECs are pre-authorized to do some work that will reconnect faster.

Hiring a handyman or someone other than a licensed electrical contractor will cause delays in power recovery.

  • Once you have hired a licensed electrical contractor:
    • The contractor will submit a notification to the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) so that there is a record of the work;
    • When contractors complete repairs, they will report to the ESA and an ESA inspector will review the electrical work; And
    • The contractor will receive a copy of the ESA inspection certificate. Homeowners: You should get a copy of this from your contractor or ESA for your insurance company.

Cleaning after the storm
When trying to clean up after a storm, please follow these tips:

  • Falling lines of energy can be very lively and dangerous. Stay at least 10 meters behind. Electricity can travel through water and land around power lines;
  • Call 911 and your local electricity distribution company to report any broken lines. keep well.
  • Please wait until the power is disconnected or the power lines are repaired before starting to clean the yard – broken power lines may be hidden under debris and tree branches.

For more information on this and other electrical safety topics, go to www.esasafe.com/restoringpower

About the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA)

The role of the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) is to promote public electrical safety in Ontario. As an administrative authority acting on behalf of a government Ontario, ESA is responsible for administering specific regulations relating to the Ontario Electrical Safety Act, the licensing of major electrical and electrical contractors, the safety of the electrical distribution system, and the safety of electrical products. ESA works extensively with stakeholders across the province on education, training and promotion to enhance electrical safety across the province.

More information about the Electrical Safety Authority can be found at www.esasafe.comvia https://twitter.com/homeandsafety And on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ElectricalSafetyAuthority.

Source: Electrical Safety Authority

For more information: Or to arrange an interview with an ESA spokesperson, call: Electrical Safety Authority Media Line: 905-712-7819; 1.877.372.7233, [email protected]www.esasafe.com


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