Anything that has to do with electricity has to be handled with utmost care and safety in mind. A simple negligence or wiring mishap can easily turn into an electrical accident which can result in damage or loss of properties and life-threatening shocks and injuries.
According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International or ESFI, an average of 51,000 home electrical-related fires take place each year, resulting in deaths of almost 500 individuals and causing more than $1.3 billion of property damages. With all this in mind it’s no wonder that electricians are in a high demand.
Many home fires and electrocutions can be avoided by understanding basic electrical safety principles and following the best practices for electrical safety. This is why it is always recommended that homeowners contact a skilled and qualified electrician for any electrical works instead of resorting into the DIY approach.
DIY home electrical works put the homeowners’ lives and homes in serious electrical hazards, and there is just no point compromising your safety in an attempt to save money. Put simply, the best way to protect your family and your home from the risk of electrical hazards is to hire a licensed and experienced electrician to do any electrical job in your home.
With this in mind, if you still decide to do electrical projects in your home all by yourself, consider the following:
- It pays to make an effort to learn about your home electrical wiring so you’ll know how to check and maintain the system proactively.
- Always assume that overhead lines and cables are ‘hot’ or live and can cause shock hazards. Never attempt to grab, touch, or move them away by yourself. Instead, contact a professional to handle the situation immediately.
- Water and electricity can be fatal. Do not touch or operate electrical appliances with wet hands or near damp surfaces.
- Trial and error in any projects that involve electricity can result in a costly – even deadly, mistake. If you are unsure how to connect the wiring or assemble the circuit, it’s always best to contact the pro to perform the task.
- Be sure to turn off the power from the primary source of the circuit or outlet that you are planning to work on.
- To ensure that no more power runs into an outlet, use a voltage tester before attempting to touch it.
- For your protection, use tools with insulated grips when doing electrical works.
- Read the instructions and pay attention to the warnings before you use an electrical tool or assemble and disassemble anything.
- Tag or label the switches or breakers to let others know that you are working on them.
As homeowners keep looking for ways to save money to counter the economic downturn, many of them have turned into do-it-yourself projects.
While there are certainly some home projects that homeowners can do on their own, electrical works do not count with them. Your safety is priceless and having a professional electrician perform any electrical works in your home make things easier, quicker, and more convenient. A licensed electrician can also save you from tackling with expensive repairs and headaches from dealing with more significant electrical problems in the future.