Ontarians are urged to ALWAYS hire a licensed electrical contractor
By Anthony Capkun
March 19, 2013 – Home renovation season is nearly in full swing and, as homeowners begin their indoor and outdoor DIY projects, Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) reminds them to take the necessary safety precautions when doing electrical work: specifically, hire a licensed electrical contractor for all electrical jobs.
“When doing a home renovation project—big or small—it’s tempting to cut corners to save time and money,” said Doug Crawford, ESA’s chief public safety officer. “However, one third of Ontario residents have regretted hiring the cheapest tradesperson. If you’re thinking of hiring someone to do electrical work in your home, remember that licensed electrical contractors are the only tradespeople who can legally take on the job.”
ESA has launched a province-wide public safety-awareness campaign—both through traditional media and social media platforms—to drive this message home. ESA has also produced a video, “10 Shocking Facts”, that presents electrical safety tips. WATCH VIDEO below.
Designed to inform and educate Ontarians about the risks associated with electrical work, ESA reminds the public that electrical work can be complicated and should be left to a trained, licensed professional. Licensed electrical contractors carry liability insurance to protect consumers, and are the only service providers in the province that can offer a Certificate of Inspection showing that the electrical installation meets all Ontario Electrical Safety Code requirements.
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ESA is responsible for administering specific regulations related to the Ontario Electrical Safety Code, the licensing of electrical contractors and master electricians, electricity distribution system safety, and electrical product safety.