Tips from the Electrical Safety Authority and the Waterloo Region Emergency Management Centre to help keep you safe before, during and after stormy weather.

In the Community

  • Downed power lines may be live! Stay at least 33 feet or 10 metres away - that's the length of a full-size school bus. Electricity can travel through water and on the ground. Call 9-11. Remain well back and keep any bystanders back too!
  • Don't clear storm debris until the power is disconnected or power lines are repaired. Contact Us to disconnect the power.
  • If a downed power line lands on your car, unless the car is on fire, please remain inside until emergency responders arrive to help and the power is disconnected.

Around Your Home

  • Heavy rain and high winds can bring trees and branches down onto power lines causing blackouts and electrically charged hazards.
  • Beware if water gets into your home as electrical systems may be affected. Contact a licensed electrical contractor to make repairs.
  • When flood water rises above electrical outlets or power cords, or is near the service panel, it could be energized. Contact Us to disconnect the power immediately.
  • Be careful using portable generators.

Repairs, Permits, Inspections

Many homeowners may need to have electrical repairs done as a result of damage from severe weather. There are some critical elements to ensure  electrical work is done legally and safely. More about electrical repairs, permits and inspections.