Working with electricity is a dangerous job. While a small jolt of electricity may do little more than shock you and feel like a prickly feeling across your skin, higher volts of electricity can knock you off your feet, or even kill you.
That's why any electrical work that needs to be done in your home is better off being left to the professionals who know how to handle it.
Becoming a DIY electrician and fixing your own wiring and such at home may save you a few extra dollars, but at what cost to your personal safety?
Don’t risk hurting yourself, your loved ones, or your electrical system- let the pros handle it! Read on to learn a little more about the dangers associated with trying to be your own electrician.
Here’s a brief look at 7 common ways people can hurt themselves performing DIY electrical repairs or upgrades:
- Cutting or stabbing yourself with tools like a wire cutter or blade.
- Falling off a ladder while working on ceiling fans or chandeliers.
- Accidentally causing an electrical fire.
- Sustaining muscle or tissue damage due to electric shock.
- Burning their hands by coming into contact with live wiring.
- Experiencing damage to nerves or brain from electric shock.
- Having a heart attack caused by an electrical shock to the heart.
As you can see, some of these can be very serious injuries, so we again caution you to avoid doing any electrical work yourself if you are not properly trained to do so.
Electrical Safety Equipment
If you insist on performing your own electrical work in your home, it is of the utmost importance that you equip yourself with all the necessary safety gear.
Specialized gear like insulated gloves and boots can save your life when doing electrical work. Here are some other pieces of equipment you would do well to keep handy if you decide to do your own electrical work:
- Voltage Detector
- Rescue Hook
- Insulating Mats
- Earthing Clamps and Fittings
- Operating Rods
All of these items can help protect you from the dangers of electrocution.
While the safety equipment mentioned above is helpful in protecting your safety, it doesn’t guarantee that you can’t still be hurt.
The best way to protect yourself from electrical shock or fires is simply to not do electrical work yourself at all.
Call your local electricians at Cardinal Heating for any electrical repairs or upgrades you need in your home.
Our electricians undergo extensive safety training, so they are all knowledgeable and intentional about the safety of every job, as well as the quality of the work done.
No electrical work is worth the severe or even death, that can come from an inexperienced person trying to be their own electrician. Please take caution if you do decide to perform any low-voltage work around the house, and always contact a professional electrician for high-voltage jobs.
Personal safety is always important, especially when it comes to electricity! Call Cardinal Heating at (608) 837-9367 before you begin any DIY electrical work in your Sun Prairie home. Share this article with your friends and family to promote electrical safety in their lives too!