Electrical fires top the list of causes for house fires in Canada and it is important to take preventative measures.
To mark the importance of Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 4 - 11), Hydro One reminds homeowners of some electrical safety tips to keep in mind.
1. Keep electrical cords away from heat and water as they can both damage the insulation and create a shock hazard.
2. Avoid octopus outlets. Clusters of wires and plugs can be a fire hazard, along with using extension cords as permanent wiring.
3. Put safety caps on any unused electrical outlets, especially if there are young children in the house.
4. Buy appliances approved by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and always disconnect small appliances before cleaning them.
5. When you're changing a light bulb, be sure to turn off the switch or circuit.
6. If you’re renovating, remember that all electrical work must be inspected and approved by the Electrical Safety Authority. This inspection must be done prior to covering any wiring with drywall or any other wall/ceiling materials.
7. In the market for a new home this fall? Then an electrical inspection should be high on your list prior to signing on the dotted line. You want to ensure that your home is safe as well as know whether up-dates to the home’s wiring are required to bring it up to code.
For more information on how to stay safe, visit www.hydroone.com