Even minor electrical repairs are best left to professional electricians, not just because we are experts, but because it is what will be safest for you and your family. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), “Home electrical fires account for an estimated 51,000 fires each year, nearly 500 deaths, more than 1,400 injuries, and $1.3 billion in property damage.”
What’s more, if you choose to do electrical repairs yourself not only could you risk putting your family in danger, you also will incur added expenses if you do not properly fix the problem the first time. If a licensed electrician does not properly solve a problem the first time, they will return to complete the repairs free of charge. Keep in mind, electricians are licensed to work on your home and business and are covered by insurance plans. In many cases, if a DIY project causes damage to your home or office, you will be personally liable for the full cost of repairs as well as replacing anything that was damaged. Those expenses can add up quickly.
Most importantly is safety. The amount of electrical current running through the circuits of a building can be deadly. Properly shutting down power, grounding circuits, knowing which wires are safe to touch, and wearing the proper safety gear requires more resources, training and experience than most people generally possess. There are many factors to keep in mind when maintaining a safe work environment around live wires and electrical current. It’s best to leave it to the pros.