The dangers of DIY electrical work
Published: October 10, 2019 Last Updated: March 01, 2021
Sometimes when we have a frayed cord here or a sparking power point there, we may think we have the capability to fix these ourselves and save ourselves a few dollars. Unfortunately, electricity is extremely unforgiving for those who are uninitiated and unqualified to work with it.
There are several shocks, electrocutions and even deaths reported each year in Australia from people who thought they could do their own electrical work, instead of calling in a licensed electrician.
Watmar Electrical Contractors, electricians Gold Coast, share some reasons here why DIY electricity work should never, ever be attempted.
DIY electrical work dangerous
People who carry out electrical work without having attained an electrical licence, risk the lives of themselves and others.
If your electrical work is unsafe and live wires are left exposed, electric shock, electrocution and death can result.
It’s illegal to do unlicenced electrical work
In Australia, you cannot carry out electrical work without an electrical licence. You risk heavy penalties if you undertake unlicensed electrical work, of up to $40,000 for individuals.
Unlicensed work that causes a death or grievous bodily harm attracts a maximum penalty of $100,000 for an individual ($500,000 for a corporation) or two years’ imprisonment.
If the unlicensed work causes multiple deaths, the maximum penalty is $200,000 for an individual ($1,000,000 for a corporation) or three years’ imprisonment.
It could leave you uninsured
House fires can result from the lack of electrical knowledge and the use of inappropriate wiring and fittings.
If property damage occurs due to unlicensed electrical work being carried out, your insurer can refuse to pay the claim.
Electricity needs to be respected at all times. To save a few dollars, you could potentially be in a life-threatening situation, a house fire or worse, cause the death of someone else!
Watmar Electrical Contractors are a professional, fully qualified, insured and licensed electrical contracting company.
Our high-quality workmanship coupled with our affordable prices means you never need to risk your life or that of someone else by attempting to do DIY electrical work.
Whether you need a residential electrician, commercial electrician, emergency electrician or strata electrician, call Watmar Electrical Contractors Gold Coast today on 07 5665 9820.
No job is too big or small for us and we will make sure your electricals are safe!