Sunday, January 23, 2011
Buying a Home: Electrical Current Safe. Safety 1st .
Buying a home is one of the largest investments that we can make, and you want to minimize any surprises.
It is recommended that a record search be conducted with the Electrical Safety Authority to ensure that no outstanding work orders exist on the property that you are considering purchasing. Your lawyer can request a record search to check if ESA has any recorded outstanding defects on the property, or open notifications.
If you are not sure the wiring meets Ontario Electrical Safety Code requirements, you can request that the owner arrange for a general inspection as part of the terms and conditions of purchase. The general inspection will identify if there are any electrical defects that need to be corrected. The existing owner will be responsible for correcting any defects – or can negotiate with the potential purchaser to assume responsibility.
In addition, it is recommended that you ask the previous owner for copies of “Certificates of Inspection” for any electrical installations/modifications that have been conducted since the original construction of the home.
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Finding an Authorized Contractor
To find the Authorized contractor nearest you
If you are looking for a listing of Licensed Contractors in Ontario, please click here for the ECRAESA listing of Licensed Contractors.
The Authorized Contractor Program was developed by ESA to recognize those Licensed Electrical Contractors and HVAC Installers who consistently perform Ontario Electrical Safety Code compliant work.
The Biological, Chemical and Mold Testing Report, ESA Cover Sheet, ESA Requirements Checklist and Structural Report (if required) may be submitted by:
Mail: ESA, 400 Sheldon Drive, Unit 1, Cambridge ON N1T 2H9
Following are links to Professional Listings of persons or agencies that may conduct the required testing in compliance with ESA’s Health and Safety requirements. It is the responsibility of the facility owner to confirm that ESA requirements can be met prior to engaging the services of a person or agency.
CRBOH – Canadian Registration Board Occupational Hygienists Directory of Consultants in Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety – 2007 Public Database Search for Persons Certified for the Practice of Industrial Hygiene by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene
Certificates of Inspection
- The Electrical Safety Authority is encouraging the public to request copies of the “Certificate of Inspection” for all electrical work done in their homes/businesses. The General Inspection provides the end-use customer with a record that all electrical work in their home/business complies with the requirements defined in the Ontario Electrical Safety Code.
- The Certificate of Inspection is sent to the permit applicant — ask your contractor for a copy of the Certificate.
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