Many homeowners may need to have electrical repairs done as a result of damage from severe weather. Here are the critical elements to ensure electrical work is done legally and safely. Here is a step-by-step process you must follow.
Hire a Licensed Electrical Contractor
If you are hiring someone to do electrical work in your home, they must be a Licensed Electrical Contractor. General handymen and other service providers cannot do electrical work in Ontario residences unless they hold a License.
To search for a Licensed Electrical Contractor, go to the Electrical Safety Authority website and click on 'Find a Licensed Electrical Contractor in My Area." Also, a Licensed Electrical Contractor is required to display their ESA/ECRA license number - ask to see it.
An electrical permit needs to be taken out before or within 48 hours of when the electrical work starts. If you're doing the electrical work yourself, you need to take out the permit. If you hire a Licensed Electrical Contractor, they must take out the permit. Do NOT take out a permit on behalf of a contractor or anyone else.
To confirm permit requirements and to get your permit, call 1-877-ESA-SAFE (372-7233).
ESA's expert Inspectors will review the electrical work. If the work is done safely and in compliance with the Ontario Electrical Safety Code, ESA will issue a certificate of inspection. If your contractor took out the permit, get a copy of the certificate from them. Keep a copy for your records and your insurance company.
Reconnection of Power
Once the inspection is complete, ESA will advise Energy+ that it is safe to reconnect power. We will then arrange for the power to be reconnected.