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ESA Partners with Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Oct. 8, 2019More electrical fatalities at home than at work in Ontario Oct. 2, 2019Electrical Safety Authority Hosts 2019 Ontario Electrical Safety Awards Sep. 27, 2019General Contractor Guilty of Conducting Illegal Electrical Work; Putting Residents of 92 Apartment Units in Toronto at Risk Sep. 24, 2019Four Ontarians Critically Injured or Killed by Electricity in the Past 24 Hours Sep. 20, 2019Electrical Safety Authority Welcomes New Directors to Board Jun. 6, 2019Electrical Industry Take Note: 27th edition of the Ontario Electrical Safety Code effective today, May 16, 2019 May. 16, 2019Powerline Contact Continues to be Unforgiving – Powerline Safety Week Starts May 13 with Ontario-wide Education Campaign May. 13, 2019ESA Statement on Ontario Spring Flooding May. 7, 2019Flooding in Bracebridge and Heavy Rain Forecast Across Ontario Increase Risk of Flooding: Water and Electricity Are a Lethal Mix Apr. 25, 2019The Importance of Hiring a Licensed Electrical Contractor When Installing Solar Panels—How Homeowners Can Stay Safe Apr. 9, 2019ESA Welcomes New Board Chair: Peter Gregg elected as Chair of Electrical Safety Authority Board of Directors Apr. 1, 2019Unlicensed Contractor Ordered to Pay $25,000 for Unsafe, Illegal Electrical Work in Hamilton, Flamborough Township, Burlington, Paris and Oakville Feb. 28, 2019The 27th Edition of the Ontario Electrical Safety Code (Code) is Now Available Dec. 17, 2018Inaugural Home Electrical Safety Day Launches October 1 in Ontario Oct. 1, 2018Electrical Safety Authority Hosts 2018 Ontario Electrical Safety Awards Sep. 28, 2018Electrical Safety Authority Working With Utilities, Licensed Electrical Contractors to Safely Restore Power in the Wake of Storm Sep. 24, 2018Electrical Safety Authority Advises Ontario Homeowners to Check for Electrical Damage After Storm Sep. 22, 2018Electrical Safety Authority Advises Ontario Homeowners to Check for Electrical Damage from Ice, Wind and Flooding Apr. 15, 2018Electrical Safety Authority Warns Consumers of Phone Scam in Brampton Ontario Mar. 8, 2018Heavy Rains Across Ontario Increase Risk of Flooding: Water and Electricity Are a Lethal Mix Feb. 21, 2018Electrical Safety Authority Warns of Potential Electrical Inspection Scam in Southwestern Ontario Feb. 1, 2018Electrical Safety Authority Warns Consumers of Potential Phone Scam in GTA Nov. 8, 2017Unlicensed Contractor Ordered to Pay $50,625 for Unsafe, Illegal Electrical Work in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Oct. 30, 2017Electrical Safety Authority Hosts 2017 Ontario Electrical Safety Awards Sep. 29, 2017110 Kids Injured by Electricity Each Year in Ontario Sep. 26, 2017Advertising for Illegal Electrical Work Costs Unlicensed Contractor $12,500 Sep. 13, 2017Jail Time and $50,000 in Fines for Illegal Electrical Work Done in Milton Homes Jul. 27, 2017John Rossiter Appointed by Minister Tracy MacCharles to the Board of the Electrical Safety Authority Jul. 19, 2017Business owner convicted and fined for hiring unlicensed contractor to do electrical work – worker died on-the-job May. 26, 2017The Impact of Powerline Contact is Instant and Lethal – Powerline Safety Week Starts May 15 with Ontario-wide Education Campaign May. 15, 2017Heavy Rains Across Ontario Increase Risk of Flooding: Water and Electricity Are a Lethal Mix May. 4, 2017Peterborough Man's Electrocution a Stark Reminder of the Lethal Power of Overhead Powerlines Apr. 25, 2017Sector Transformation at the Human Scale: Remarks to Ontario Energy Network Luncheon Apr. 19, 2017Josie Erzetic named ESA’s Vice President, Legal Affairs, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary Feb. 15, 2017Arc Flash Seriously Injures Electrician Jan. 31, 2017Dale MacDonald Appointed to the Board of the Electrical Safety Authority Oct. 11, 20162016 Ontario Electrical Safety Awards Celebrate Leaders in Electrical Safety Sep. 30, 2016Windsor man convicted of illegal electrical work promoted through online classified ads Jul. 12, 2016Repeat offences lead to heavy fines for furnace and air conditioning contractor in Guelph area Jun. 28, 2016Don’t put your life on the powerline – Powerline Safety Week, May 16-22, 2016 May. 16, 2016Latest Update to Ontario Electrical Safety Code Includes Important New Safety Requirements May. 5, 2016Grey-Bruce and Parry Sound-Muskoka-Area Flooding: Water and Electricity Are a Lethal Mix! Apr. 1, 2016Faulty Electrical Work that Left One Man Dead Results in $537,500 Fine for Contractor Mar. 31, 2016Electrical Safety Authority Advises Ontario Homeowners to Check for Electrical Damage from Ice and Wind Mar. 25, 2016Don’t let electrical nightmares dash your reno dream Mar. 9, 2016Electrical Industry Take Note: 2015 Ontario Electrical Safety Code Now Available; comes into effect May, 2016 Nov. 30, 2015Holiday 2015 Media release Nov. 12, 2015ESA Welcomes New Board Chair and Directors Sep. 29, 2015ESA Honours 2015 Exceptional Electrical Safety Leaders Sep. 25, 2015Area North of Waterloo Hit Hard by Weekend Storm: High Winds Can Damage Electrical Systems! Aug. 4, 2015Put safety first at your summer celebration Jun. 23, 2015Electrical Safety Authority Rules Out Electrical Meter as Source of Collingwood Fire Jun. 10, 2015#RespectThePower: Powerline Safety Awareness Week May 11 to 17 urges Ontarians to be mindful of powerlines May. 11, 2015Unlicensed Electrical Contracting Company Convicted in Three Different Cities May. 5, 2015Unlicensed Electrical Contracting Company Convicted in Three Different Cities May. 5, 2015Electrical Safety Authority Reports 5109 Sensus 3.2 with Remote Disconnect Meters Removed from Service in Ontario Apr. 2, 2015Electrical Safety Authority Directs Local Distribution Companies to Replace and Discontinue Use of Specific Model of Electrical Meter Jan. 22, 2015Reported Usage of Sensus 3.2 with Remote Disconnect Jan. 22, 2015Available Board Position - Electrical Contractor Sector (Deadline: Jan. 30, 2015) Jan. 6, 2015Available Board Position - Electrical Manufacturing Sector (Deadline: Jan. 23, 2015) Jan. 6, 2015Annette Bergeron Joins Board of the Electrical Safety Authority Dec. 10, 2014Ontario’s electrical safety record improves, workers still at risk Nov. 19, 2014New Video Shows Ontarians How to Put Safety First This Holiday Season Nov. 17, 2014Contractor in Thunder Bay Convicted and Fined $3,750 for Doing Electrical Work without Licence Nov. 13, 2014First Ever Jail Sentence for Doing Electrical Work without Licence Oct. 7, 2014ESA Honour’s 2014 Exceptional Electrical Safety Leaders Oct. 1, 2014Multiple Offender Convicted in Markham for Doing Electrical Work without Licence Sep. 25, 2014The Electrical Safety Challenge in 2014 and Beyond: Remarks by CEO David Collie at the Ontario Energy Network luncheon Sep. 11, 2014Burlington Area Flooding: Water and Electricity Are a Lethal Mix! Aug. 11, 2014Adèle Malo Elected to Board of the Electrical Safety Authority Jul. 8, 2014Third Conviction in Tangled Web of Illegal Electrical Work in Eastern Ontario Jun. 24, 2014ESA Inspectors on Site in Tornado Aftermath to Ensure Fast, Safe Restoration of Power Jun. 23, 2014Electrical Safety Authority Reminds Ontarians to Be Aware of Electrical Hazards during Stormy Weather Jun. 18, 2014Oakville Contractor Convicted and Fined $5,750 for Doing Electrical Work without Licence Jun. 10, 2014Electrical Safety Authority looking for super-sleuths to solve the Powerline Deadly Dozen May. 12, 2014General Contractor and Licensed Electrical Contractor Convicted, Fined $66,250 for Illegal Electrical Work in Schools in Eastern Ontario May. 6, 2014Ontario Flooding: Water and Electricity Are a Lethal Mix! ESA offers important information for flood-affected areas Apr. 17, 2014Getting Ready to Start Spring Renovations? Make Sure Electrical Work is Legal and Done Right! Mar. 18, 2014Robert Mace Appointed to Board of the Electrical Safety Authority Jan. 13, 2014Warmer temperatures could cause water damage to Ontario homes this weekend Jan. 10, 2014Electrical Safety Authority Advises Homeowners to Check for Electrical Damage Even if Power is Restored Dec. 29, 2013Important Information: You May Need to Do for Electrical Repairs Before Power Can Be Restored to Your Home Dec. 26, 2013Licensed Electrical Contractors Listing Schomberg to Zurich Dec. 26, 2013Licensed Electrical Contractors Listing North Gower to Scarborough Dec. 26, 2013Licensed Electrical Contractors Listing Long Sault to North Bay Dec. 26, 2013Licensed Electrical Contractor Listing Goderich to London Dec. 26, 2013Licensed Electrical Contractor Listing ACTON to BURLINGTON Dec. 26, 2013Information for Homeowners Needing to Complete Electrical Service Repairs Due to Ice Storm Damage Dec. 25, 2013Checking for Electrical Damage Around Your Home from Ice Storm Dec. 23, 2013ESA Reminds Ontarians to Follow Safety Rules When Using Portable Generators Dec. 22, 2013ESA Warns Ontario Residents of Extreme Hazard due to Downed Powerlines Dec. 22, 2013Stormy Weather News Release Dec. 19, 2013Ottawa-area Contractor Fined $8,000 For Illegal Electrical Work Dec. 18, 2013Windsor-area Contractor Convicted, Fined $25, 000 for Illegal Work Dec. 2, 2013Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority and Guelph Hydro offer tips for safe installation of holiday lights and decorations. Nov. 29, 2013Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority and Utilities Kingston offer tips for safe installation of holiday lights and decorations Nov. 29, 2013Celebrate the Holidays Safely this Season! Nov. 8, 2013Electrical Safety Authority Cautions Ontarians as Major Fall Windstorm Approaches Oct. 31, 2013Contractor Fined for Working Illegally Without a Licence or Electrical Permit Oct. 17, 2013Close Up the Cottage Safety this Weekend! Oct. 9, 2013Electrical Safety Authority reminds everyone to "look while you cook" to prevent kitchen fires Oct. 7, 2013Ontario’s electrical safety record improves, but high-risk behaviour continues Oct. 2, 2013Minister Joins ESA to Honour 2013 Exceptional Electrical Safety Leaders Sep. 24, 2013Charlie Cipolla Elected as Chair; Peter Gregg Appointed to the Board of the Electrical Safety Authority Sep. 24, 2013Repeat Offender Convicted and Fined for Doing Electrical Work without Licence Sep. 19, 2013Electrical Safety Tips for When Flooding and Stormy Weather Hit Sep. 10, 2013ESA Names Scott Saint as Chief Public Safety Officer and Earl Davison as VP, Operations Sep. 6, 2013Back to School Aug. 28, 2013Watford Tragedy Underscores Need for Electrical Safety Vigilance Aug. 2, 2013Oakville teenager’s serious electric shock a stark reminder of need to Look Up and Look Out for powerlines Jul. 18, 2013Storm Safety Alert Jul. 9, 2013Sudbury Contractor Conviction Jun. 11, 2013May Long Weekend Safety Tips May. 15, 2013Powerline Safety Begins With You May. 13, 2013Important Notice to Homeowners, Restoration Companies And All Those Entering Premises After A Flood Apr. 26, 2013Individual Convicted and Fined for Doing Electrical Work without Licence - April 2013 Apr. 22, 2013Storm Safety Alerts Apr. 20, 2013Winter Storm Safety Tips Dec. 4, 2012Light Up Safely this Festive Season - Tips for Safe Installation of Holiday Lights & Decorations Nov. 27, 2012Electrical Safety Authority Cautions Ontarians as Hurricane Sandy Approaches Oct. 29, 2012Minister of Consumer Services Joins Celebration of Outstanding Electrical Safety Leaders Sep. 26, 20122012 Ontario Electrical Safety Awards Sep. 20, 2012Protect yourself and your electronics -- Back-to-school safety tips to protect students from electrical shock and fire Aug. 26, 2012Toronto Bus Driver Demonstrates Exemplary Safety around Downed Powerlines Aug. 21, 2012Don’t Short Cut Your Way to the Emergency Room -- Outdoor Electrical Safety Tips for the Long Weekend Aug. 1, 2012ESA Warning Home Owners of Risk Associated with Legacy Antennae Wiring in Older Houses Jun. 19, 2012Electrical Safety Tips for when Storm Weather Hits May. 29, 2012Individual Convicted and Fined for Doing Electrical Work without License Apr. 19, 2012Whitby Trailer Park Owners Fined $100,000 for Failing to Address Serious Electrical Issues Mar. 26, 2012The Electrical Safety Authority Names Doug Crawford, Vice President and Chief Public Safety Officer Dec. 21, 2011Electrical Safety Authority’s Chief Public Safety Officer Issues Warning about Installing and Removing Holiday Decorations Dec. 13, 2011
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