ELECTRICAL INSPECTION & CERTIFICATION : FOR YOUR SAFETY
Assurance of Safety
You're planning to spend a lot of money on a home renovation, perhaps even putting on an addition that involves new wiring.
Something occurs to you as you're reviewing plans and budget with your electrical contractor. "Does the electrical industry offer any inspection service to check if the wiring work is safe?" The answer is yes.
To ensure your family's safety and protection an Electrical Safety Authority electrical inspector will check any electrical work done in your home to make sure it meets the requirements of the Electrical Safety Code of Ontario. The Code is a comprehensive regulation that minimizes risks of fire and electrical shocks. By law all electrical wiring installations in Ontario whether they be in a home, office or industrial building must be inspected and certified as meeting code requirements after inspection by an Electrical Safety Authority inspector.
The inspector's main function is to protect you and other occupants of your building by ensuring the safety of the electrical systems.
Peace Of Mind : Inexpensive Insurance
An electrical inspection is inexpensive insurance that can give you real peace of mind. Once an inspection has been completed and the electrical work is found to be acceptable, a Certificate of Inspection is issued. If a contractor is doing the work for you, ask to see the certificate before you make the final payment. Then you can relax when flipping the light switch or turning on the heat or air conditioning, knowing the wiring is safe.
Electrical Inspectors : Highly Qualified Specialists
Each inspector is a well trained highly qualified specialist with many years of experience in electrical construction who has comprehensive knowledge of the Electrical Safety Code.
The Electrical Safety Authority's inspection team consists of 200 inspectors working out of 38 offices across the province providing the best possible service to our customers.
Wiring Inspections & Safety Tips
Most inspections are for wiring and electrical equipment installations. An inspector can help you by answering questions providing valuable safety tips like how to avoid overloading circuits, installing the proper number of outlets to prevent "octopus" connections on one outlet, and the danger of running extension cords under carpet. When installations do not conform to the Code, inspectors will explain what correction should be made to make the work safe before they certify the work.
Inspectors also advise on the safety of electrical equipment imported into Ontario or manufactured here. They ensure that any equipment offered for sale to the public meets the Code requirements, has been tested and certified as such by a recognized authority such as the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). The need for safe electrical equipment has never been greater. A global economy means that more electrical products come into Ontario from many different countries around the world and we all need protection from unsafe equipment.
HOW CAN A HOME OWNER GET AN ELECTRICAL INSPECTION ?
Contact An Inspection Office
Arranging for an inspection is easy. Before any electrical work is begun, the person doing the work should obtain an "Application for Inspection", Applications are available at any Electrical Safety Authority Inspection Office (see below). Inspection office staff can help you complete the application forms, schedule the inspection, and provide information and advice on working safely with electricity. A good thing to remember-wiring must not be concealed (for example by drywall) before the inspection.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Electrical Safety Authority
If you have any questions about our inspectors or the inspection process the Electrical Safety Authority would like to hear from you.
Contact your nearest Electrical Safety Authority Inspection Office or visit the Electrical Safety Authority Inspection Web Page.
For Electrical Inspection call: 1 877 372 7233