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The Dangers Of Doing Your Own DIY Electrical Work

Dangerous light switch and poorly wired plug socket

It can be very tempting to try and save a few quid by carrying out your own DIY electrical work. You may often complete odd jobs around the house and consider yourself quite ‘handy’, but when it comes to the electrics, you should always seek the help of a fully qualified electrician.

Unfortunately, people suffer injuries year after year from attempting to perform dangerous electrical tasks without professional help. Here are just a few of the many things to watch out for if you do fancy doing a spot of DIY.

Incorrect Use Of Electrical Wire: Not all wires are the same. There are a variety of different sizes and, as a result, different levels of current that any wire can hold. Using the wrong wire can result in a short circuit or a broken fuse. If you are guessing which wire to use, you are asking for an electrical problem. Seek the help of a professional electrician.

Poor Installation Of Switches And Sockets: How hard can it be to replace a socket? You might think it just requires a screwdriver and a dry pair of hands. However, replacing a socket should be left up to the experts, like our team of skilled electricians at Leigh Electrical, who can safely and quickly deal with the problem. This short video below will give you an idea of how easy it is to make a dangerous DIY mistake.

Incorrect Replacement Of Fuses: When a fuse blows or is tripped, people often choose to replace it with a larger fuse or circuit breaker. However, the cause of a blown fuse is usually a problem within the circuit and requires a full investigation. Just replacing the fuse may well cause the problem to continue.

Wattage Of Light Bulbs: What could be simpler than changing a light bulb? Well, you would be surprised how easy it is to replace a bulb with one of the wrong wattage. If the wattage is too much for the socket, there is a real risk that the bulb can explode or catch fire.

Fire Hazards & Electrocution: The most severe danger of attempting DIY electrical work is the risk of death. Whether running the risk of getting electrocuted through inexperience, or incorrectly installing something that may become a fire hazard further down the line, it pays to call out a professional electrician for peace of mind if nothing else.

We know it is tempting to do it yourself, but you are always better off seeking professional assistance. There is a reason repairing electrical systems is a skilled and paid job – it saves lives. At Leigh Electrical, we take safety very seriously and with our 5 year guarantee, you can’t rest assured that your home is safely and correctly wired. We are a friendly team of local electricians based in Leigh on Sea, Essex. Give us a call today!


Featured Image © Alastair Humphreys, Flickr.

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