Cottage Opening Tips From Hydro One

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After a cold, snowy and icy winter, cottagers may be in for some surprises when they open their seasonal property this weekend. Storms throughout the winter or the extreme cold weather may have damaged your seasonal property.

For customers heading up to the cottage for the first time this season, here are 10 things to do to start your cottage season off safely:

Before heading up to the cottage, plan ahead and use Hydro One’s free mobile app on smart phones and tablet devices to check the status of power outages anywhere in Hydro One’s service area. The mobile app allows customers to access an interactive outage map from the palm of their hand anytime, anywhere.
Upon arrival, do a circle check and inspect the power line feeding your cottage. If a wire is down on the ground, stay at least one bus length away and call Hydro One’s power emergency line immediately at 1-800-434-1235.
Check your electricity meter for damage. Call Hydro One at 1-888-664-9376 if there is damage.
Look at interior wiring for visible signs of gnawing from animals. If wiring is damaged, turn off the circuit breaker or remove the fuse to that circuit and call an electrician to arrange for repairs.
Check electrical cords and plugs for damage. Never use cords that are worn or damaged.
Fill your water tank before switching the power on to avoid damage to your water heater element.
Keep all branch circuits in the off position until you have opened the main switch. Then, energize individual circuits one at a time.
Make sure tree branches are trimmed well away from your power line to avoid unnecessary power outages and safety hazards. Always hire a qualified contractor to prune trees near your power line. Hydro One will disconnect the power supply to your property once a year, at no charge, so that any maintenance along or near your power line can be performed safety.
Replace the batteries in the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
Make sure your fire extinguishers are charged.

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