The video above was produced by Electrical Safety First - the leading UK charity campaigning for electrical safety. It formed part of their #DontDieForDIY campaign.
It illustrates 2 of the 3 main things you should think about when deciding whether to do your own electrical work.
1. Electricity is extremely dangerous
The word to remember is B.E.E.F. Electricity can cause:
2. DIY electrical advice can be unreliable
The video above parodies typical internet DIY videos. Of course, in such videos the instructor usually does not come to any harm. So you might think it's safe to follow their advice. However, you should ask yourself some questions first:
Even if you are completely confident you can safely carry out your own electrical work it's important to know that some electrical work MUST be referred to your local public Building Control BEFORE work begins. They will then arrange for your work to be inspected to ensure it is safe and complies with the Building Regulations. Such work includes:
4. Would you prefer to hire a professional electrician?
If you decide you do not want the risk or the hassle of doing your own electrical work, you can avoid both by hiring a professional electrician. SafeSwitch Electrical are registered with the NICEIC. We are regularly assessed to ensure that all our work is to a high standard and complies with all relevant regulations.
For peace of mind about your electrical work, feel free to contact us.