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Electrical Safety Authority encourages Ontarians to check twice for safety this holiday season

November 29, 2021   Maryam Farag

Photo: Electrical Safety Authority.

The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) encourages Ontarians to be mindful of important safety tips while decorating indoors or outdoors and shopping online.

“As the holiday season can often be chaotic, we want to remind Ontarians to take a moment and pause before making any electrical product purchases, whether that be for new decorations or gifts,” said Nansy Hanna, Senior Director, Engineering and Regulations, Electrical Safety Authority. “Checking for certification marks on electrical products, buying the appropriate product for your usage, and following product instructions will go a long way in ensuring you have a fun and safe holiday.”

ESA has compiled a list of safety tips to keep in mind this holiday season:

  • Read package instructions to ensure the right use for lights, either indoor or outdoor, and never exceed the recommended wattage
  • Only use electrical decorations with an accredited certification agency mark
  • Do not allow children – or pets! – to play with electrical cords or decorations
  • Only use properly rated extension cords when needed – avoid overloading any circuits
  • When outdoors, always be mindful of your surroundings, locate all overhead powerlines and keep yourself and high reach tools at least three metres away
  • For electronic and electrical products, be sure to keep an eye out for the approval mark of an accredited certification agency – either on the product label or in the description. Visit esasafe.com/approvalmarks
  • If your electronic or electrical item is deemed unsafe, or does not have a certification mark do not use it and return to the seller. You can report items that do not have a certification mark to the ESA

In addition, if you suspect something wrong or unsafe with your seasonal electrical consumer product, you should immediately stop using it and contact Health Canada Consumer Products.

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