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What you should know about installing new power outlets and/or switches:

  • lightSwitchCheck all electrical outlets and switches to ensure that they bear the mark of a recognized certification agency.
  • Circuit breakers can be reset using hand controls after the problem has been eliminated.
  • Caution: Outlets may be connected to two different circuits of your homes electrical wiring system – test both outlets prior to proceeding with any electrical work.
  • Outlets and switches must have proper cover plates that are in good condition to protect you and your family.
  • Loose outlets and switches should be repaired.
  • plugInOutlets and switches that are warm to the touch, or hot, should be turned off immediately – and you should contact a licensed electrical contractor or electrician about this situation.
  • Never force a plug into an outlet if it does not fit – and never remove the third prong from a plug to allow it to fit into an outlet.
  • The Electrical Safety Authority recommends the use of a licensed electrical contractor or electrician for electrical work in your home.
index_esa-logo1Click to download 2004 Ontario Electrical Safety Report