Ok, admit it, we’ve all attempted to fix the rusty wire that’s gotten old, or even tried to tape up the television wire that’s been eaten by pesky rats, looking for a feed. We’ll you’re not alone, however there are great dangers in attempting to fix electrical problems that might arise in your home or workplace.
It’s extremely tempting to save a couple hundred of dollars by not calling a tradie who you know is going to charge a fortune the second they step foot in your home, however there are outstanding risks that go way beyond saving two hundred dollars.
Even highly experienced and fully qualified electricians with decades of experience can find themselves in hot water, with severe injuries that will put more of a dent in your wallet than a call to an electrician.
Even if you feel that the job you’ve done is as good as a highly trained professional, think again. Days, months, or even years down the track you could be in for a nasty shock and a hospital bill that could cost you 6 months’ worth of wages.
Although many of the states in Australia have different rules and regulations, most of it remains the same, the NSW Fair Trading Act states that its “An electrical licence is required before any electrical wiring work can be undertaken in NSW, regardless of the cost of the work and regardless of whether the work is residential, commercial or industrial.”
To give you a better understanding of what that means, you must not partake in any constructing, installing, testing, maintaining, repairing, altering, removing or replacing of any electrical equipment.
Queensland regulations are even harsher, with fines of up to $100,000 or two years in jail if illegal electrical work resulted in serious injury or death.
Are you scared now, because you should be, for your safety and for the well-being of the people around you, never attempt to try to fix any electrical problem, unless you are a qualified electrician.
Here are some tips to ensure your home is safe
- Don’t use interior extension cords for your outdoor electrical needs
- Find a handyman that is licenced and has the appropriate certificate
- Word of mouth is the best way to know if someone is a good electrician
- DIY electrical work cannot be certified, even if its checked by an electrician
Many houses have sadly gone up in flames due to poor electrical work done by inexperienced people, something small such as a wire overheating can cause major monetary damage and could severely injure the people around you. For more information, have a look at the rules and regulations that the state you reside in has in place.
So other than changing a light bulb, it’s recommended that under no other circumstances must you attempt any electrical work. It’s not worth it, leave it to the professionals.