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When to Contact ESA Fire Safety Tool  
Stats, Facts & Reports Social Media Electrical Safety Handbook for Emergency Responders

When to Contact ESA

  1. Electrical Inspection Order/Fire Marshal Order (FMO) application – Used when there is evidence of imminent life or property hazards in the form of electrical fire or shock hazards. Examples include exposed bare live wires (electrical) with open ends accessible to the public, service panel covers missing, live open exposed joints or terminations. Download the FMO Form (Word document).
  2. Fire Department Referral – Used when non-compliant non hazardous electrical code issues are identified and need to be addressed. Examples include incomplete or non code compliant wiring methods, device covers missing, overloaded extension cords, cable supports, luminaire/receptacles not working or broken, GFCIs not present / working, and water damage.
  3. Electrical safety hazards – A Fire Department may contact ESA at anytime report a possible electrical safety hazard using one of the methods below.


Fire Safety Tool for Solar Installation Identification 

Increase your awareness of where existing renewable energy installations are located, and be better prepared to implement appropriate safety procedures.
New and emerging technology and renewable energy installations can pose challenges for firefighters responding to an emergency. Not being aware of solar systems on the roofs of houses or commercial/industrial buildings can lead to risks such as exposure to electrically energized ‘live’ components.

As a result of discussions with our public and fire safety partners, ESA developed a web portal for fire departments to locate solar installations in Ontario. The portal includes:

  • A list of existing renewable energy installations (solar installations) that ESA is aware of in Ontario. 
  • The address and the size of systems (FIT1 and MicroFIT2) for approximately 18,000 renewable energy installations in the province. (Updated twice a year.)
  • Access for all Ontario fire departments. 

Please note the portal does not provide personal information or information in French. Further, ESA cannot guarantee that it is comprehensive (for example, it does not include renewable energy installations installed prior to 2010). 

Any fire chief who wishes to access the portal should email


Electrical Safety Handbook for Emergency Responders

Best Practices for Coping with Electrical Hazards in Rescue and Fire Situations

The Electrical Safety Handbook for Emergency Responders is designed to protect emergency personnel from electrical harms when attending a scene. It was developed to educate and protect emergency responders who are called to emergencies involving electrical systems, such as a motor vehicle accident involving downed powerlines.

Following these best practices will help you to respond safely and effectively to emergency situations,


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