Child Electrical Safety Tips


Our children depend on us to teach them how to keep themselves safe. Childhood adventures often lead youngsters down dangerous paths. The Electrical Safety Authority encourages parents to teach their children the following electrical safety DON’Ts – this is key to keeping them safe from electrical shock and fire hazards. 

  • Don’t stick anything into electrical wall outlets, into the end of an electrical extension cord, or into electrical appliances that are plugged in. And electrical wall outlets should be childproofed to help avoid accidents. 
  • Don’t overload outlets by plugging too many cords into them. Also be aware that using adapters to add cords can still cause overloads and fires. 
  • Don’t use any cords that show signs of damage such as loose prongs, splits in the plastic casing (cord jacket), or cords that heat up when in use. 
  • Don’t remove the 3rd prong or ground pin of a plug. 
  • Don’t touch outlets or switches with missing or broken cover plates.
  • Don’t plug anything into an outlet if there is water on the floor near it. 
  • Don’t use hair dryers, radios, or any other electrical appliances in the tub or shower. And, always unplug hair dryers when you are done with them. 
  • Don’t go near any electrical wiring, electrical equipment or get on any roof to play or retrieve a ball or toy. 
  • Don’t forget to be careful when you are playing outside at home or in the park – always check for overhead wires and know that there are underground wires too. 
  • Don’t climb utility poles and fences around electrical equipment.

Tel: 905 . 595 . 0545 / QRT: 416 . 688 . 6672

Home Electric Safety Tips


These 5 steps recommended by OESC to protect your family and your home:

  • Know the rules ask about the Ontario Electrical Safety Code requirements for electrical wiring and installations.
  • Ensure the power is off always turn power off from the panel box, and use an approved tester to ensure power is off.
  • Use approved products look for the mark of a recognized certification agency on electrical products.
  • If you are not familiar with your homes electrical system, or do not know who has done the electrical work in your home in the past, ESA recommends you consult a licensed electrical contractor about your homes electrical requirements.
  • Arrange to have your electrical work inspected as required by the Ontario Electrical Safety Code.