Extreme caution urged during flood emergencies and power outages

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Extreme caution urged during flood emergencies and power outages

In light of the flooding occurring in numerous municipalities across Ontario, the Office of the Fire Marshal is encouraging residents to exercise extreme caution when dealing with electrical equipment and during potential power outages.

The OFM offers the following safety tips if power outages occur:

  • To reduce fire risk, whenever possible use flashlights or battery-operated lanterns instead of candles or hurricane lamps.
  • If using candles, place them in a secure holder and cover with a glass chimney, away from children and pets.
  • Make sure electric stove elements and small appliances are OFF or unplugged to prevent fires from occurring when the electricity is restored.
  • Propane and charcoal barbecues are for outdoor use only. Do not bring them inside.
  • Electrically-connected smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms will not work when the power is out unless they have battery back-ups. Make sure your home has battery-operated smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.
  • Use only portable space heaters that have been designed for indoor use. Provide adequate ventilation and refuel the heater outside, when required.
  • Portable generators should only be used outdoors and carefully located to ensure that exhaust fumes do not enter the home.

Electrical equipment impacted by flood water can be extremely dangerous. For more important information about electrical safety during floods, please visit the Electrical Safety Authority’s website: http://www.esasafe.com/