Safety Tips

Tips to Avoid Extension Cord Hazards

  • Extension cords can be handy in a time crunch, but remember that they are only meant to be used temporarily.
  • Never remove the third prong - it is there to prevent shocks.
  • Check cords to ensure they are not frayed, cracked or damaged. Store them away properly after use to prevent cords from fraying.
  • Keep extension cords away from water and heat.
  • Don't run extension cords under carpets or heavy furniture - where they could overheat or be damaged.
  • Buy the right extension cord for the job - they are rated for use.

Tips to Avoid Electrical Outlet Hazards

  • Never overload electrical outlets by plugging in too many plugs - use an approved power bar.
  • Replace any broken or missing switch plate covers right away.
  • Install and regularly test Ground Faults Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) in your bathrooms, laundry rooms, and outdoors.

Tips to Avoid Light Fixture Hazards

  • Use the right pot light for the job - using the wrong one could cause a fire.
  • Never exceed the recommended bulb wattage and use the recommended bulb type for any light fixtures.
  • Don't remove the insulation or any other component of a light fix ture when you're installing it.

Other General Safety Tips

  • Electricity and water don't mix - do not use electrical appliances near sinks or water sources
  • Don't use electric mowers or electrically-powered tools in the rain or on wet grass
  • Always look for a Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC) label on electrically-powered appliances. This indicates that the product has been tested and meets the Ontario Electrical Safety Code.

These tips are courtesy of the Electrical Safety Authority. You can find additional tips and resources by visiting their website.