Electrical safety: It’s in your power

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Your work station contains electrical equipment that can cause—if improperly installed—serious and irreversible damage.

Keep safe!

  • Never use an electrical cable whose power cord is damaged, cracked or produces excessive heat.
  • Always ensure that the power cord is not caught or compressed in another object.
  • An extension cord is designed for occasional use during short periods of time. If long-term use of an extension cord is necessary, make sure you are using conforming equipment.
  • Power sockets with multiple plugs should only be used for low-energy appliances such as table lamps, radios or computer components.
  • Avoid installing wires and electrical cables in a way that increases the risk of objects falling.
  • Keep curtains, objects and furniture away from electric baseboard heating.
  • Always use electric appliances carrying the seal of an accredited certification body, for example the CSA (Canadian Standard Association).

If you use a space heater during a cold spell…

  • Keep it far from furniture, curtains and other flammable materials.
  • Plug it directly into a socket, not into an extension cord or power bar.
  • Do not use it on a prolonged basis. If you need a permanent heating source, contact a qualified person to install a heater. 

For more information on electrical safety, visit the Sécurité publique Québec website at securitepublique.gouv.qc.ca/en.

If you come across one of these potential hazards or have a question on electrical safety, please contact Health, Safety and Well-Being in the Workplace at 514 731-1386, extension 2348 or on Lotus at Prevention.sst.ccomtl@ssss.gouv.qc.ca.

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