Dangers Of DIY Electrical Projects

12 December 2022
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You should consult a certified and experienced electrician if you have any electrical problems. Changing a bulb or switching on a circuit breaker are easy tasks you can do on your own. However, if you have fuses or wiring issues, don't try to troubleshoot them. Here are some of the dangers of DIY electrical projects.

Potential Fires

One of the dangers of DIY electrical projects is a fire outbreak. Unlike regular fires, you shouldn't extinguish the flames of an electrical fire with water. The water will conduct electricity and electrocute anyone who is wet.

Some mistakes that cause electrical fires include incorrect bulb wattage, improper use of electrical wires, and faulty switches and outlets. Using a bulb with the wrong wattage can lead to an electrical fire. Installing the wrong fuse can also lead to a fire hazard. 

Additionally, many people cannot tell the difference between Romex wires and single-strand wires. Using the wrong wire on an electrical system can cause a massive short circuit. Another common mistake occurs when splicing cables and determining the ground and neutral wires. This can easily lead to an electrical fire.

Potential Electrocution

Electrical shocks during DIY electrical work can result in severe injury and, in the worst cases, death. In one study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, it was established that there were significant injuries resulting from electrical shock in the United States. Some of these injuries were fatal electrocutions. This shows that even minor electrical home improvements can cause injuries if you aren't trained to work with electrical systems.

For example, some electrical components and connections in a modern house are hidden behind beams or walls. Finding these connections is difficult, and missing just one may cause an accidental shock. This is why the electricity profession is regulated to ensure that electricians have the appropriate training to work safely with electricity.

Potential Fines and High Insurance Rates

In some states, DIY electrical projects are illegal. This is why electrical projects should be executed by a certified electrician. Failing to abide by these rules may subject you to heavy fines. Furthermore, there is the risk of accidents and fire outbreaks.

Additionally, DIY electrical projects may affect your home insurance policy. If an insurance company notices dangerous actions by a policyholder, they can adjust the terms of an insurance policy. For example, an insurance claim based on faulty wiring could cause an insurance company to increase its rates or nullify your policy. 

When faced with an electrical issue, you should compare the offerings and quotes of a few electricians. Make sure you choose one based on their certifications and quality of services.

For more information, contact local electrical contractors.