While DIY electrical is possible, it requires extreme caution and care. Electricity can be hazardous and, when done incorrectly, can put your home and family at risk of fire and injury. That’s why DIY electrical work requires planning, patience, and attention to detail.
Kantra Electric Inc. recommends hiring qualified, licensed electricians in Calgary for your electrical repairs and installations. However, if you decide to do the job yourself, please consider these DIY electrical safety tips.
Turn the power off
Always turn off the power to the circuit you plan on working on. You can do this at the main electrical panel. If you’re unsure which switch turns off the circuit or what you’re working on is on that circuit, just cut all power. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Never attempt any electrical repair or installation with an active circuit.
If you’re working on an appliance, lamp, or other electronic device, make sure it is unplugged first.
You should also test the wires before touching them to ensure the power is off. Finally, do not use power tools around electrical wiring. Coming in contact with live electrical wiring can cause severe injury or worse.
Educate yourself and follow instructions carefully
While many electrical projects require certified Calgary electricians, there are some small electrical jobs that a DIY can handle. For example, swapping out a simple light fixture or replacing an electrical switch is doable. First, however, you must educate yourself on your electrical system and install these electrical components. Thankfully, with the internet, there are quite a few resources available.
You can read how to replace a light switch (note that the first step is to turn off the power). In addition, you can study images, learn about the parts of a light switch, what tools to use, etc. Then, carefully following the instructions step-by-step, you can safely attempt this DIY electrical project.
If you’re not sure, call in a pro
If at any time during your DIY repair or installation you feel unsure, stop what you’re doing and call in an electrician. Don’t attempt a project beyond your skill level. Faulty electrical work is a leading cause of house fires and can also cause injuries and fatalities. Instead, call one of the best electricians in Calgary to do the job correctly, safely, and to the building code requirements.
Electricians in Calgary
Kantra Electric Inc. is an experienced and reputable electrical contractor in Calgary. They offer the full suite of residential and commercial electrical services and can help with your home renovations, electrical upgrades, and repairs.
DIY electrical work isn’t impossible, but it is not always the safest option. If you’re unsure, don’t take the chance. Instead, work with honest electricians who can ensure your electrical system’s function, efficiency, and safety.