Fire prevention tips around your home
Electrical accidents top the list when it comes to house fires in Canada. To mark the importance of Fire Safety Week, take a look at a few safety tips and preventative measures from Hydro One:
Keep electrical cords away from heat and water as they can both damage the insulation and create a shock hazard.
Avoid octopus outlets! Clusters of wires and plugs can be a fire hazard along with using extension cords as permanent wiring.
Put safety caps on any unused electrical outlets, especially if there are young children in the house.
Buy appliances approved by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and always disconnect them before cleaning. When you’re changing a light bulb, be sure to turn off the switch or circuit. If you’re renovating this fall, remember 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.
If you’re buying a new home soon, an electrical inspection should be high on your list before signing on the dotted line. This will tell you if the house is safe and if any up-dates to the wiring are required to bring it up to code.
More details and information is available online at www.hydroone.com/ MyHome/StaySafe/Pages/StayingSafe.aspx.