5 reasons why risky DIY electrical work is illegal in Australia
Every now and then, you probably ask yourself: ‘Why not try some DIY electrical work? How hard can it be, right?’ Wrong! Considering the high risks when dealing with electricity, it’s always better to be compliant with the law and trust the professionals. So before you head to the circuit breaker, here are 5 good reasons you should hire a certified electrician instead of trying to fix it yourself.
‘Do It Yourself’ activities have gained a lot of popularity lately. With the help of some YouTube tutorials or home improvement shows, many handymen try to save a few dollars on the electrical work. However, this can be extremely dangerous and even have devastating consequences for your home and your dear ones.
What does ‘electrical work’ actually mean?
This means that pretty much any electrical job requiring the right tools, skills and certificates would fall under this category. Therefore, make sure that all these demands are met before carrying out any electrical work around the house.
What kind of DIY electrical work is illegal in Australia?
First and foremost, what kind of task you think it’s safe and legal if you don’t hold an electrical license? If your answer includes things like changing a light bulb or plugging in electrical appliances, you are actually right.
In Queensland, for example, DIY electrical work is illegal when:
- Installing a new power point
- Replacing a light switch or a light fitting
- Repairing an electrical appliance
- Replacing a plug at the end of a lead
For more information, check the Electrical Safety Regulations 2013 and learn about how to meet electrical safety requirements.
Need a certified tradesperson to take care of your domestic electrical needs? Call us at 1300 452 742 and talk to the experts today!
What are the dangers of DIY electrical work?
1. Electric shock or electrocution
Until next time, stay tuned to find out why DIY electrical work may bring you extra worries and eventually cost you a lot of money.
Your friend and electrical expert,