Electrical Safety

Power Failure:

Unplug and turn off appliances.

Turn off main switch, if directed.

Turn furnace to minimum.

When power resumes, plug in only the most essential appliances before reconnecting everything.

Emergency and Rescue

Treat all wires as live regardless of their location, stay clear, don’t touch.

If a person or vehicle comes in contact with outdoor wires, don’t touch either the person or the vehicle; call 9-1-1 and Ontario Power Generation Company or your local Hydro Company.

Where dislodged wires are in contact with your vehicle, don’t get out until wires are removed. In case of fire, jump free with both feet together and without touching the vehicle and the ground at the same time someone receives a shock from a faulty appliance and is still in contact with it; don’t touch the appliance before unplugging it first.

Electrical Fire

Unplug equipment whenever possible.

Never use water on electrical equipment or wires.

Use baking soda or recommended dry chemical electrical fire extinguisher.


Teach them to respect electricity.

Warn of the danger of touching wires. The contact of a kite or model airplane with overhead lines can cause serious injury by simply touching string or control wire.

Remember to avoid areas marked ‘Keep Out’ or ‘Danger’.

Climbing poles, towers, fences or trees surrounding electrical equipment or power lines is extremely dangerous.

Never poke or push things into electrical equipment or outlets.

Main Switch and Panel


Always shut off main switch when changing fuses or doing work around the house.

Never open the door to the main switch because there are live contacts inside.

Electrical panel covers should always be intact.

Breaker operation should be firm, not loose.

Fuses should be screwed in tightly to prevent overheating.

Install proper size fuses, never install larger than required.

Never replace a fuse with a penny, dime or any metal object.

Use time delay or dual element fuses ‘D’ or ‘P’. ‘P’ is recommended for circuits with heat generating appliances which aren’t motorized (water heaters, ranges).  ‘D’ is recommended for motorized appliances (dryers, furnace, and refrigerators).

Warning Signs of Trouble that Shouldn’t be Ignored

Repeatedly tripped breakers or blown fuses

Overheating or discoloration in panel

Rust in panel

Flickering lights


Wiring connections to an electrical panel must be done using approved equipment and installed by a qualified electrician.

Fumes from these engines are lethal. Do not operate them inside a house or garage with the doors closed.

Keep a fire extinguisher nearby for emergency use.

Read the instruction manual thoroughly. It contains important information on the safe operation and maintenance of a generator.

Do not refill the gas tank while the generator is running.

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