The most dangerous DIY electrical tasks

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At this time of year, companies, businesses and property managers frequently review any changes or developments they would like to make in the upcoming year. From interior design, to plumbing and electrical work, updating or renewing any building generally requires professional support. And this is especially true for any electrical work that you need to carry out. Unfortunately, some companies try to save on costs by carrying out electrical work themselves, and this can be incredibly risky. So what are the most dangerous DIY electrical tasks? And why do you need to call a professional? Well, here at Walker Electrical, we are Preston’s leading commercial, industrial and residential electrical experts. As a result, we have produced this guide to everything you should know about potentially hazardous DIY electrical jobs.

What are the most dangerous DIY electrical tasks?

While you might think that DIY electrical tasks are restricted to the basics, like changing a light-bulb, you’d be surprised just how many people across the UK take on more difficult tasks. In fact, Liverpool Victoria Insurance claim that 29% of people across the UK carry out DIY electrical work each year! That’s around 18,850,000 million people. So what are the most dangerous DIY electrical tasks? Well, these frequently include:

  • Installing an external power source- This is a common request for all types of property, including industrial and commercial. But this should only be carried out by a professional, registered electrician. Installing an external power source requires a full understanding of the existing circuity in your property, as well as the right tools and equipment. One of the most common DIY electrical problems that occurs from attempting this, is drilling through an existing wire. This can be very expensive to repair, and it can also lead to electric shock risks.
  • Extending a circuit- While this is classed as minor work, and homeowners do have the right to carry out minor electrical work themselves, those who operate a business from the property will be in breach of electrical safety legal requirements. However, this doesn’t deter some companies from trying to extend the circuit to add an additional light or socket. Faulty connections, and incorrect knowledge, can all lead to electrical fire risks.

For professional electrical support from a team you can trust, get in touch with the experts today, here at Walker Electrical.