The Dangers of DIY Electrical Work
DIY electrical work is dangerous and simply not worth the risk. Not only does it threaten the life of you and your family, it is also illegal in Queensland. It is also important to note that it may void your home insurance.
The Queensland government website has included a grave warning against those planning to follow the DIY path:
“DIY electrical work is regarded as unlicensed electrical work, which is illegal and has penalties of up to $40,000 for individuals.”
Hire A Licensed Electrician
It is vital to hire a licensed and trained electrical contractor for all electrical work. Qualified electricians are insured and give you the peace of mind knowing you are getting the job done right.
They are aware of the legislative guidelines, rules and regulations set by each state.
You can easily find electricians by searching in Google or social media like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and even Instagram. If you are having problems contact the electrical industry association in your state. Local Brisbane electrical contractor from VIP Electrician Brisbane, Jeremy Knowles who has over 10 years experience in the industry recommends to read reviews of companies before hiring. “With so many people on social media these days it is easy to find reviews of a company. This makes it easier for customers to choose someone based on other peoples experiences” he stated.
Do-It-Yourself is a trend in many fields and hobbies. It bring out the independent learner within and allow you to modify how one thing is made according to your taste.
It’s not difficult to look for resource as YouTube, personal blogs and social media provide people with instructions for so many things.
Being budget-conscious may also drive individuals to do design, construct and advertise without the help of professionals. It also brings a sense of pride to be able to accomplish something with one’s own blood, sweat and tears.
Risking Life and Limb
Although DIY has become a part of people’s lifestyles, there are some matters that cannot be done without the guidance of a professional. One of these is when it comes to installing electrical wirings around your home.
Poor wiring can be a cause of serious problems for occupants in a home. This includes electric shocks, electrocutions and fires.
The damage caused by faulty wiring are often irreparable and if they are fixable, the repair costs more than when the problem started.
While rules vary from state to state, there are broad guidelines that are universal. According to Work Cover Queensland, electricians are responsible for all work including the following:
- Electrical wiring on the homeowner’s property from the main switchboard
- Wiring inside the building to electrical appliances
Under the Queensland Electrical Safety Act, forbidden tasks by an unlicensed professional include:
- Repairing a light switch
- Altering the location of an existing power point
- Constructing an extension lead
- Installing a new power point
- Replacing a plug at the end of a lead
- To Replace a light fitting with a ceiling fan
- Replacing a batten holder with a new light fitting
- Repairing and appliance such as a heater
Some guidelines for homeowners:
- Fitting (but not connecting) an electric wall oven in a kitchen cabinet
- Replacing a drive belt in a washing machine
- Cutting openings for air-conditioning units
- Rewire old-style fuses
- Install battery-operated smoke detectors
- Install garden lighting and pond pumps
DIY Electrical wiring is detrimental to people’s safety and the preservation of property. Government laws dictate that any person who wishes to work behind a switchboard, light fitting, outlet or light switch must attain professional accreditations.
To learn about electrical accident statistics in Australia and New Zealand visit the Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council website here.