The Dangers of DIY Electrical Work
You’ve watched endless YouTube videos, sat through numerous DIY shows on TV, and maybe even tested out a new skill or two – now you’re an expert on all things home improvement, right? Maybe for some repairs, but where electrical work is concerned, DIY is one phrase that should never be considered.
But why, you ask? Aside from the fact that your electrical system is pretty complex, there are inherent safety risks attached to any type of electrical work, including fire and electrocution. Let’s break it down a bit more:
Fire: It only takes one spark for a disaster to start – the Electrical Safety Foundation International reports that home electrical fires account for approximately 51,000 fires each year. If you accidentally overload your electrical circuit or connect the wrong wires, you put yourself at risk for becoming a part of that statistic.
Electrocution: WebMD explains that about 1,000 people in the U.S die each year due to electrocution. If you aren’t properly protected and do not know how to approach electrical energy sources correctly, you may experience an electric shock that could be fatal.
While these are two of the top dangers of DIY electrical work, there are also two other concerns that we feel are important for you to know:
- You could be denied insurance for your home or have difficulty passing home inspections, especially if you don’t have the proper work permits.
- You could wind up costing yourself more money in future repairs.
With all of this newfound knowledge, the answer should be simple the next time you ask yourself if DIY electrical work is okay. Instead of putting yourself, your family and your home at risk, contact the expert electricians at TFC Electric Inc.! We are a full service commercial and residential electrician that serves all of Suffolk County, New York with exceptional electrical repair, inspection, installation and upgrade services.
For more information or to set up an appointment with us, please call (631) 589-2800.