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Electrical Safety

Check out these simple tips to ensure you and your loved ones are safe and prevent electrical injury.

  • Replace missing or broken cover plates immediately. Outlet covers create a barrier between people and exposed wires.
  • Never overload an electrical outlet. Use an approved power bar that has surge protection instead.
  • Water and Electricity don’t mix. Install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) on all bathroom and outdoor outlets.
  • Always remove a cord from the outlet by grasping the plug. Do not pull on the cord, this can damage the cord, appliance, and outlet.
  • If you need electrical work done in your home, only hire a licensed Electrical Contractor.

  • Unplug or switch off electrical appliances when not in use or while cleaning, repairing, or servicing.
  • Refrain from running electrical cords across doorways, under the carpets, or in the areas that witness regular activities.
  • Maintain a clearance of at least 3 feet from all electrical panels.
  • Use only equipment that is CSA approved.
  • Regularly check for defects in cords and equipment. Report immediately if any.
  • Identify potential electrical hazards, such as electrical panels, with appropriate safety signs.

Call before you dig by contacting Ontario One Call. Phone: 1-800-400-2255 or visit

Although you can’t see them, there are just as many, if not more, electrical cables and gas lines running below ground level, as there are above.

Hitting a cable with a power shovel, excavator or auger can result in serious damage, liability, severe injury, or even death. As the contractor doing the digging, you are responsible for getting a cable and/or gas locate for your job.

Make sure workers on the site are trained properly and are aware of these potential hazards.