ESA conducts electrical safety blitz in Toronto

MISSISSAUGA, ONT. — Inspectors from the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) will conduct blitzes in Toronto to inform homeowners of the requirement to file a work notice and identify any safety hazards that may arise from unauthorized electrical work.

As part of the targeted security blitz, ESA personnel will review City of Toronto building permits obtained within the past 12 months to identify locations that may have had electrical work and no notification to the ESA does not exist, explains a press release.

While an ‘educational approach’ is taken, the ESA says it stands ready to investigate and, if warranted, bring charges that could result in fines for repeat offenders and those who ‘willfully’ do not follow safety rules. If found guilty, the individuals could face fines of up to $50,000.

“Ontarians are not always aware of the risks associated with hiring unlicensed contractors for their electrical work,” said Soussanna Karas, director of licensing at ESA, in a statement. “Hiring a licensed electrical contracting company is not only the law, but it provides peace of mind that the job will be done right and there will be no surprises that will affect your wallet or your safety and that of your family.”

If you hire someone to do electrical work in Ontario, they must be a Licensed Electrical Contractor (LEC) company.

Only LEC companies can provide you with an ECRA/ESA license number that proves they can operate their electrical business in Ontario. This license number must appear on their vehicles, business cards and quotes. Ask to see it before accepting that they carry out work.

To verify or find a licensed electrical contractor, visit esasafe.com/contractor.

You can also report unlicensed electrical contractors through ESA’s anonymous reporting tool.