A quick Google search and you’ll find hundreds of electrical contractors all claiming to be the best. But you’ll have to sift through a sea of search results to find the Licensed Electrical Contractor (LEC) that really is the best for you and your particular electrical issue.
Since you’re already on our website I would like to take this opportunity to tell you how we’ve helped homeowners, like you, protect their homes from electrical fires. In our opinion, this makes us the best electrical contractor.
Birnie Home Safe, The Best Electrical Contractor:
Based in Mississauga, Birnie Home Safe is a residential electrical contractor. We service residents all over the Greater Toronto Area and our mandate is electrical safety first. We are on a mission to eradicate electrical fires.
More than a contractor that specializes in inspections and repairs, Home Safe is regularly in the community educating homeowners about the importance of maintaining their electrical systems. This is achieved through strategic marketing campaigns, social media engagement and ongoing public seminars and forums.
Home Safe was founded in 2010, with the name Birnie CurrentSAFE. In the beginning of 2017, we rebranded our residential division to “Birnie Home Safe” – a name that better suits our goal and corporate values.
Since entering the residential world, we’ve partnered with several municipalities and fire departments to share our electrical safety message with the public.
In our most humble opinion, no one is more dedicated to your electrical safety than we are.
Before Birnie Home Safe there was Birnie Electric -an industrial and commercial electrical contractor. Founded more than 50 years ago, Birnie Electric continues to flourish as an industry leader and maintains an impressive portfolio of commercial and industrial projects.
Both Birnie Electric and Birnie Home safe are a Canadian, family owned and operated business.
A Licensed Electrical Contractor:
Birnie Home Safe is a licensed electrical contractor which means we are accountable to the Electrical Safety Authority for making sure all of the electrical work we perform is completed safely and to code.
A Licensed Electrical Contractor (LEC) is licensed by the Electrical Contractor Registration Agency/Electrical Safety Authority (ECRA/ESA). LECs have the authority to perform electrical work in your home. There are a series of requirements that LECs must abide by to maintain their status.
Hiring a LEC ensures your safety, all Licensed Electrical Contractors:
- Are fully insured
- Will arrange permits with the ESA
- Are qualified to perform electrical work safely and efficiently
- Can provide a Certificate of Inspection
- Can provide references
I interviewed Kathryn Chopp – the General Manager of Communications & Stakeholder Relations, with the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA). She talks about the importance of hiring a Licensed Electrical Contractor -if you want to find out more about LECs I encourage you to give this interview a read.
In 2016 we were awarded a special recognition by the Electrical Safety Authority for our commitment to keeping Ontario residents safe. This award only solidifies our commitment to protecting homeowners and serving the GTA as the best electrical contractor.
Why A Residential Division?
Back in 2010, Tim Birnie, president of Birnie Electric noticed a need for a leader in the industry to promote residential electrical safety.
“I felt like there was a lack of education and resources available to the public … I wanted to start a residential division that not only performed the conventional inspections and repairs but also was at the forefront of public education and safety,” Birnie says.
Today Birnie Home Safe is defined as industry leaders of electrical safety with several municipalities, fire departments and governing bodies like the Electrical Safety Authority.
The Home Safe model is about detecting a potential hazard before it becomes an emergency or before a fire happens. “This is what sets us apart from our competitors… We’re trying to detect the problem and fix it before it gets worse,” Tim says.
The Home Safe Difference:
Birnie Home Safe offers homeowners a unique electrical inspection service called the Electrical Risk Assessment (ERA).
“There is no other service like this,” Birnie explains.
Without cutting or drilling of the walls, the ERA gives homeowners a behind-the-scenes look at the electrical system in their home.
“The ERA inspects every outlet, every fixture, every switch and the electrical panel to capture an accurate assessment of the wires behind the walls,” Frank Cohn says.
Cohn -an award-winning contractor and radio host on Newstalk 1010- is a big supporter of Birnie Home Safe.
Cohn started as a customer who hired us to check his electrical. “I heard about Birnie Home Safe from a Newspaper article in the Mississauga News. I was curious about their inspection service.”
After the full-day inspection was performed in Frank’s home, a Home Safe electrician uncovered some dangerous hazards.
“I was shocked,” Frank says.
The contractor received a comprehensive report outlining the findings and then proceeded with the recommended repairs.
Today the radio personality encourages all of his listeners and clients to invest in an electrical inspection.“It’s a small investment that can save your life especially if you live in an older home…these folks are the best electrical contractor I’ve ever worked with,” Cohn says.
The ERA inspection takes a full day to complete. It’s performed by a specially trained and licensed electrician who uses thermographic imaging, ultrasonic sound detection, resistance testing and an array of other devices to arrive at an accurate assessment of the electrical system.
The ERA service fully meets the Electrical Safety Authority’s recommendation that homes with faulty electrical be assessed by a licensed electrician for potential risks.
There is also a warranty available to those who proceed with the recommended repairs.
Our Three Step Inspection Process:
Here’s how the Electrical Risk Assessment works:
No-fee assessment: For those homeowners who are unsure if they need an electrical inspection or not, we encourage you to take advantage of our free preliminary assessment service. This first step will determine if there are electrical issues that require further investigation.
The ERA: The Electrical Risk Assessment, as we mentioned, is the comprehensive report that gives residents a look at their electrical systems.
The Repairs: After reviewing the report, residents can decide whether they’d like to proceed with the recommended repairs. Whether the work is performed by us or another electrical contractor, make sure whoever you hire is a licensed electrical contractor.
Other Electrical Services?
Birnie Home Safe is an electrical contractor after all and our areas of expertise are not limited to inspections and repairs. From aluminum wire treatment to electric car charger installations, Home Safe can confidently and safely tend to your electrical requests. For more information, you can visit the services section on our website.
Birnie Home Safe’s Electrical Safety Seminars:
To better keep the public informed about electrical safety, Home Safe organizes monthly seminars in different neighbourhoods.
“We pick the seminar areas based on need,” Tim Birnie explains, “maybe there was an electrical fire in this area or the neighbourhood is full of older homes, and so we think it’s a good fit.”
These safety seminars feature different speakers and different topics on common electrical hazards found in homes. The purpose of these events is to educate homeowners about the warning signs of electrical hazards, what they can do if they encounter any warning signs and how to prevent electrical hazards in the future.
Seminars are free and open to the public. Those interested in attending any upcoming events are encouraged to check out our events page for more details.
Recommendations For Hiring The Best Electrical Contractor:
While we thank you for taking the time to visit our website, we know that you may be considering other organizations for your electrical work, but before you commit to one review these important recommendations:
1. Only hire a Licensed Electrical Contractor (please refer to the LEC section above): It is against the law to hire any electrician or contractor that isn’t properly licensed by the Electrical Safety Authority. Failing to hire a licensed professional means you are putting your life, your home and your insurance at risk. You can ask to see their ESA license number if you are unsure.
2. Consider the contractor’s scope of services: Can this organization solve your specific need? You should be able to find a list of services on their website.
3. Don’t base your decision on cost: Make sure the contractor is properly licensed, has the proper equipment and level of experience to perform your electrical work. You should never feel afraid or uncomfortable to ask for a quote. During the service appointment, a contractor should advise you of any additional costs outside of the quoted amount.
4. Warranty: Are the repairs or work performed in your home covered by a warranty and if so what are the terms and conditions.
5. Consider location: Find out if your contractor services your area this will avoid long wait times or prolonging a job due to travel.