Electrical appliances

  • Avoid the risk – use only one heating appliance in the same outlet at a time. Overloading an electrical outlet is a common fire hazard
  • Do not use an appliance that has a cracked or frayed electrical cord
  • If you notice that an electrical cord or appliance feels too hot, smokes or gives off a burning odour, unplug it immediately. Do not use this appliance again until it is repaired or replaced

Electrical safety and water damage

The fire department responds to a wide variety of emergencies involving flooding. Sudden floods create electrical concerns because electrical service is still active in the building or your home and may be impacted by the water.

Water and electricity do not mix and can result in serious injury or death

Here are some electrical safety tips to follow in the event of a flood:

  • If you are expecting flooding, turn off the main electrical service switch but only if it is safe to do so
  • If you have time, move as many electrical appliances and equipment to floors or levels above the basement or level where you think it may flood
  • Stay clear of power lines or electrical equipment that is under water and may have a current or electrical charge
  • Do not re-energize any electrical service or equipment that has been submerged or exposed to water until it has been checked by a licensed electrical contractor

Additional resources

The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) has prepared a flood safety guide entitled Electrical Safety and Water Damage (PDF)