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Dangers of DIY Electrical Work

Posted on March 20th, 2015 by Jupiter Tequesta

“Working with electricity requires thorough planning and extreme care, and cutting corners can be a costly mistake.”
-Brett Brenner, president of Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI)

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While the do-it-yourself (DIY) trend has reached an all-time high, you shouldn’t necessarily take on every home improvement project alone. For example, when it comes to updates involving electricity, you may want to call in a professional. Below, we cover some of the dangers of DIY electrical work:

  • Being unfamiliar with your home’s electrical system can make it difficult to navigate and maintain
  • Attempting a project beyond your skill level can cause fire, injuy and even death
  • Failing to properly turn off power can make your project fatal

Keep the following statistics in mind as well:

  • 30,000+ non-fatal shock accidents take place every year
  • The most common products connected with electrocution are small appliances, power tools and lighting
  • 70 percent of electrical accidents involving children occur at home

As you can see, the dangers of DIY electrical work are very real. We at Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric urge you to practice the following safety tips when working with electricity:

  • Turn off the power
  • Know where the cables in your walls are located
  • Keep a professional’s number on-hand in case of emergency
  • Avoid touching pipes, which may conduct electricity

If you don’t feel comfortable undertaking electrical work on your own, just don’t do it. Allow the experts of Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric to take care of your electrical needs! We can handle just about anything.

Jupiter: (561) 747-5740
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