5 reasons why risky DIY electrical work is illegal in Australia
Ok, so you’ve probably got the idea: DYI electrical work is strictly forbidden in our country. Why is that? Because you could put yourself, your family and your home in danger. Plus, you may also end up paying heavy fines for not respecting the law. Is it worth the risk? Find out what else is at stake in this week’s blog article.
When was the last time you did something for the first time? Whatever activities you may have on your bucket list, we strongly NOT recommend including DIY electrical work. Last week, we talked about how you can expose yourself to risks like electrocution or fire. Unfortunately, there are even more dangers waiting for you when trying to do the electrical repairs your way.
What other risks are associated with DIY electrical work at home?
Whether you’re renovating or just doing minor repairs around the house, you may be tempted to save a little time and money by taking care of electrical jobs yourself. But if people would be aware of the real consequences, they would call a licensed electrician right away. So, here are more reasons why doing your own electrical work is a bad idea.
Faulty wirings could be a time bomb
Unlike other ‘do-it-yourself’ activities where ‘trial and error’ technique may work, there’s no such thing when dealing with electricity. In fact, the real dangers in this field are the ones you usually don’t know of. For example, incorrect or unsafe wiring can be an accident waiting to happen. Or, putting the wrong amperage on a circuit breaker could lead to problems later on. These ‘DIY mistakes’ may go unnoticed for a long time before causing a problem resulting in electrocution or a fire.
That’s why it’s important to know what you’re doing. A professional electrician, on the other hand, has the proper training to check these ‘small details’ for long lasting safety.
Your insurance could be jeopardised
Besides the safety factor, there’s another thing to keep in mind: the costs! If you carry out DIY electrical work and you run into an electrical fire, for instance, your insurance won’t cover you. This is because the insurance company don’t recognize any type of unlicensed electrical work and can refuse to pay the claim. So a simple job may end up costing you much more: your home.
Contrarily, when you choose a professional for your electrical needs, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that you’re covered. This can definitely make a world of difference in the long run!
Electrical inspections could detect unlicensed electrical work
Finally, all electrical components at home or at work must pass an electrical safety inspection. If they fail to meet the requirements, you risk paying heavy fines.
Sometimes, homeowners mistakenly assume that they can hide DIY repairs from these electrical check-ups. Unfortunately, they may experience bigger problems down the road. By hiring a qualified electrician, you can rest assured that every electrical repair will pass inspection.
What are the penalties?
In Queensland, risky and unlicensed DIY electrical work is also illegal and has penalties of up to $40,000 for individuals.
According to Workplace Health and Safety agency, a breach that exposes an individual to a risk of death or serious injury attracts a maximum penalty of $600,000 for an individual or five years imprisonment. It’s simply not worth the risks!
Hire a licensed electrician to do the work safely
Considering the dangers listed above, we recommend you to always get a qualified electrician to do any electrical job. For your convenience, you can check the license online and make sure it’s valid before agreeing to any work.
With an experience of over 25 years, Jaric Electrical (Electrical license 80306) is ready to offer you the right advice and solutions while keeping your home and family safe.
To summarize, DIY electrical work really is a bad idea in every single way. Remember that electricity is a powerful source that one must know how to handle. So trust the experts when it comes to licensed electrical work.
Until next time, stay safe and don’t try ‘DIY electrical work’ at home!
Your friend and electrical expert,