Inspection services – inspecting the electrical panel


We have, over the last 3 months, been in discussions with staff from the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, the Ministry of Labour and regulators from the Electrical Safety Authority with regard to Home Inspectors opening the electrical panels to perform a visual inspection.

We finally received a letter this morning putting the ESA official position forward.

Remember, SAFETY FIRST.  Always use the safe inspection protocols.

If the panel:

  • has insufficient safety clearance
  • looks unsafe
  • has voltages where it shouldn’t
  • has loose items above it that might fall in when opened

Don’t open the panel.  Report it as NOT INSPECTED. Report why it wasn’t inspected and refer a licensed electrician.


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About OntarioACHI

Founded in 2012 the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors is a not-for-profit association of members with aims to improve the quality and standing of Home and Property Inspection for the benefit of consumers and our profession. The association is run by, and for, Home & Property Inspectors in Ontario. Our goal is to ensure all Home Inspectors are qualified to the highest standards and comply with the most exacting professional Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice and Duty of Care. A consumer hiring an OntarioACHI qualified Canadian-Certified Home Inspector (CCHI) will know they have they hired a truly Professional Home Inspector.