LOOK UP LOOK OUT WHEN STORMY WEATHER STRIKES
Every year Ontarians hear reports of storm damage across the province. Reports of downed powerlines, power outages and floods hit the news; what should homeowners know in the event that stormy weather strikes.
No part of a flooded installation can be assumed safe, not even the main breaker. Before the equipment is tested or worked on, all power should be disconnected at the service panel with the main switch being left in the “off” position until work has been completed. In the event that flood water has risen above outlets, covers power cords, or is near the service panel contact your Local Distribution Company to disconnect power to your home. Once power has been turned off or disconnected a licensed electrical contractor should be contacted to determine if electrical equipment (wires, plugs) need to be replaced.
Do not plug in or attempt to use electrical appliances that have been wet until they have been checked or serviced by an electrician or service agency. Ask your electrician, or contact the manufacturer or dealer for the nearest service location.
Power outages that occur during storms are often associated with a downed powerline. Residents should be aware that downed powerlines may still be energized. Residents should stay up to 35 feet away from downed powerlines until the Local Distribution Company (your Electric Utility) has disconnected power or completed powerline repairs.
Portable Emergency Generators
More and more Ontario residents are purchasing portable emergency generators to use in the event of a power outage. Portable generators to provide an alternative energy source until conventional electrical power is restored. These units should not be directly connected into a home wiring system without considering safety precautions. Careful purchase decisions, proper installation and diligent inspection are essential to make the portable generator safe for owners, their homes, and Utility workers. Research your purchase carefully, ensure all components of your generator have been approved by a recognized certification agency, ensure that your generator includes a transfer device and proper connection cords, and contact a licensed electrical contractor if you are unsure of your homes electrical or generator installation requirements.
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