While there are many things one can do oneself at home, electrical work is definitely not one of them, and aside from changing a plug or a fuse, unless a person has experience in working with electrical power, they are best to call in a qualified electrician. Many an over-zealous homeowner has come unstuck by trying to wing it with their electrical system at home, either because they wish to save a little money, or perhaps would like to develop their DIY skills, but at the end of the day, it just isn’t worth the risk.
A typical home has a very complex system of fuses and relays, and any repairs or remedial work must be carried out by a qualified electrician. If you were to look inside an electrician’s bag, you would see handfuls of circuit diagrams that must be referred to when working, and without these references, the electrician would be unable to carry out his work. When one considers this, it does seem a little unlikely that a DIY enthusiast armed with a screwdriver and a flashlight would have any real idea as to what needs to be done.
Although accidents can occur during any home maintenance, working with the electrical supply dramatically increases the chances of a mishap, and if you think turning the power supply off while you carry out the work is safe, what about when you turn it on again? Connecting the wrong wire could cause an appliance to become live, and touching it with wet feet could be fatal, and while we cannot see electricity, we can sure feel it!
A qualified electrician would typically study at college for 3-4 years, with around 50% of that time spent on practical working experience, which would initially be closely supervised. That means almost 18 months of solid theory instruction before the learner is allowed to actually work on a commercial project, and, of course, there must be a reason for that. While some electricians work with very high voltage, the domestic electrician must be fully aware of all the risks, and with a manual of best practices and a strict safety code, he would gradually learn the practical side of the trade.
If, for example, you live in the Perth region, and for some reason your power shuts down, an online search would bring up a list of potential contractors, and whatever the time of day, they will be happy to come and identify and remedy the issue. Every homeowner should know the location of the main fuse box and supply switches, and in the event of an incident, switch off the power supply, to avoid any potential accident.
Due to the risky nature of electricity, there are emergency electricians you can call at any time of day or night, and they would have a fully equipped mobile unit, in order to deal with any situation. Many people think ahead, and prior to needing an electrician, they source one locally, and store their number for future reference. The odds are, you will need his services at some point, and if it were an emergency, time would be of the essence, so it does make sense to pre-source.
If you are in a new home, you may be covered under warranty but otherwise, we strongly recommend not attempting a DIY job for your own health and safety. You can always contact us, we’re happy to help