Why Electrical DIY Is A Ridiculous Thing To Do

DIY Electrical Repairs

DIY is a booming industry that just doesn’t seem to be losing any popularity. As the nation tightens its belts and looks to save money and time 93% of people have attempted some form of DIY. As people up and down the country are climbing ladders, taking up drills, screwdrivers and hammers and extending themselves beyond their reach people are getting injured.

43% of people admitted to injuring themselves during DIY, with 7% causing injury to someone else during their DIY escapades. When an accident only results in a bruised thumb and aching ego it might not sound that bad but when people start messing with the electrics it’s time to get concerned.

Safety First

Let’s start with the lessons we were taught as children. Electricity is dangerous – don’t put a fork in a toaster, don’t take a bath with the radio and don’t start messing about with your house’s wiring.

We all feel slightly invincible, and internet tutorials are convincing us that we can do anything. When it’s comes down to a choice between paying someone for what looks like an easy job and giving it a go yourself, more and more people are take the latter. However this could prove to be a dangerous decision.

Every year in the UK there are frightening numbers of electrical injuries and accidents caused by unsafe work – 12,500 house fires, 750 serious injuries and 10 deaths… every year. Don’t let that be you.

If you don’t know what you’re doing – following a Youtube video on rewiring your house doesn’t count – then get in a professional. Don’t put yourself or your family at risk just to save a few quid.

YOU Are Not Certified

Even if you do manage to install the garden lighting without electrocuting yourself, and over a quarter of people would attempt it, that doesn’t mean your work is safe. DIY work isn’t tested for safety, which could mean it’s a slow-burning accident just waiting to happen, whether it’s that new dimmer switch or rewired switches throughout the whole house.

If the dangers don’t put you off, then perhaps money will. The installation of any home electrics has been regulated under Part P of the building regulations since 2005, which includes your home, garden, out-buildings and common areas. A professional electrician who is accredited on the self-certifying scheme will be able to give you a Minor Works Certificate or Electrical Installation Certificate. This will be needed when you come to sell your house, or renew your house insurance.

Most people carrying out electrical DIY aren’t aware of Part P, and don’t understand that undertaking un-certified work will make it difficult to sell their house in the future. If you insist on carrying out electrical work on your home, you must notify any major works to building control, who will inspect the work and issue a Part P certificate if the standards are met.

Are You Really Saving Money?

Without the knowledge you need to install home electrics you could just be making the situation much worse, a situation that will cause you extra money when a professional electrician has to come in and reverse the mess you’ve made, before they can start to fix the original problem.

Building regulations have been put in place for your safety and the tight controls should give you a clue to how dangerous and irresponsible doing electrical work without the appropriate knowledge really is. Take the electrical safety quiz to see if you should be leaving things to the professionals.

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