From make-do-and-mend to do-it-yourself, the practice of repairing and reusing has seen a huge revival in recent years. DIY has crept from the darkness of garden sheds and is now being showcased on every TV channel, with presenters demonstrating just how easy it is to get something done yourself.
Unfortunately, it's a different story when it comes to electrical repairs. Unlike standard DIY projects, attempting electrical projects is not recommended. Without competent training and industry knowledge there is a risk that even the smallest mistake can have a devastating effect not only your property, but on your life.
The Shocking Facts
According to the Electrical Safety Council (ESC), 70 people are killed and 350,000 are seriously injured every year in the UK due to electrical accidents in the home. Many of these accident are due to DIY projects - the most common accidents are electric shocks and burns from contact with live parts and fires caused by faulty appliances.
With wiring hidden away behind walls and beneath floors, it's not surprising that many people are unaware of the dangers posed by electricity. The ESC also claim that aging and faulty wiring is a leading cause of electrical fires, but checking for wear and tear on wiring which is tucked away is frequently overlooked.
Electrical Repairs - Leave it to the Professionals
Qualified electricians are equipped to tackle electrical repairs and installations - leaving it to them is always the safer, sensible option. Reputable electricians are able to provide thorough inspection and test services and can check the wear and tear of your wiring, identifying defects before they become hazardous. Up to date industry knowledge is of huge importance in this field and being unaware of changes to industry standards could have serious consequences.
While it may seem cheaper to do it yourself, the cost of correcting a mistake could be expensive and sadly some mistakes cannot be reversed. There are also legalities such as Part P Compliance which requires all new electrical installations to be undertaken by qualified electricians. Also, new circuit installations must be reported to the local authorities - professional contractors will do this on your behalf.
Avoiding DIY electrical repairs will save you hassle, time and money in the long run. Most importantly, it could save you and your family's health. A certified electrician will offer a warranty on their work and will have their own insurance, giving you peace of mind and alleviating liability.
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