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Fire Electrical Safety

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An electrical fire can happen at any time! Each year in East Gwillimbury, a significant proportion of fire emergencies stem from electrical faults.

Electrical Do's & Don'ts 


  • Replace a fuse with one that has a rating higher than required.
  • Use appliances or lamps with cracked or frayed cords.
  • Run extension cords under carpets or mats. Do not crimp the cord.
  • Overload an outlet. Prevent the dreaded "Octopus Outlet". Be aware that heat generating appliances draw more power than others.
  • Put heat generating appliances closer than 1 metre to anything that can burn.
  • Use light bulbs that exceed a lamp's maximum wattage.
  • Clip off the round grounding prong from an electrical plug.
  • Use an electrical device or appliance after liquid has been spilled on it, before having it checked thoroughly.


  • Follow-up when a fuse or circuit breaker blows. Don't just reset the breaker or replace the fuse. Find out what caused the problem.
  • Purchase appliances that are approved by the Canadian Standards Association. Appliances without CSA approval could be unsafe. 
  • Put lamps on level surfaces, away from curtains or other flammable items.
  • Allow adequate ventilation around electronic components that generate heat, such as TV's and audio equipment.
  • Unplug small appliances like toasters and coffeemakers when you're not using them. 
  • Use only weatherproof lights and other electrical fixtures outdoors.

Warning Signs

  • Recurring blown fuses or circuit breakers point to a fault in your home's electrical system.
  • A burning smell or rubbery odour from an appliance.
  • Discolouration of wall outlets.