Electrical Safety Authority

Electrical Safety Authority

August 21, 2009 08:48 ET

Flooding Safety Alert: Electrical Safety Tips-Dealing With Flooding

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 21, 2009) - In the aftermath of one of Ontario's worst storms the Electrical Safety Authority warns the public to follow basic safety steps in response to flooding.

Electrical equipment and wiring that has been exposed to water through flooding may be dangerous if re-energized without proper evaluation and recondition or replacement by qualified persons.

In the event of flooding homeowners should stay clear of basements where floodwater has covered electrical outlets, extension cords, or powerbars. This floodwater could be energized.

Contact your Local Distribution Company (your electrical utility) to disconnect power to your home prior to entering these areas to start clean-up.

Dealing with Electrical Equipment Following a Flood - No part of a flooded installation should be assumed safe, not even the main breaker. Once the Local Distribution Company has disconnected power, the main switch of the service panel in your home should be turned to the off position until work has been completed. A Licensed Electrical Contractor should be consulted to determine if electrical equipment needs to be replaced or repaired.

Electrical equipment and appliances that have been exposed to flood waters should not be plugged in or used until they have been checked by a qualified service technician. Consult with a Licensed Electrical Contractor or contact the Manufacturer for the nearest service location. For more information on responding to flooding and a list of Licensed Electrical Contractors, visit www.esasafe.com.

Contact Information

  • Electrical Safety Authority
    Ted Olechna
    Provincial Code Engineer
    (905) 712-5366
    or
    Electrical Safety Authority
    Cathy Chernysh
    Director of Communications
    (905) 712-5371