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5 Injuries You Can Get from DIY Electrical Work

Posted on: April 14, 2016

We’ve touched a bit on the subject of Do It Yourself solutions in the past. Mostly making mention here or there of when it is, and is not, a good idea. But at Kolb Electric, your safety is always our absolute primary goal. So rather than leave it at a mention, we wanted to take some time to tell you some important points. 

We support all kinds of on-your-own projects. It’s a great way to get a new skill set, or polish one you already have. Plus, nothing beats that feeling of accomplishment you get from creating or building something all on your own. But when it comes to DIY electrical work, we would firmly call it a really bad idea.

Why Is DIY Electrical Work A Poor Choice?

It really comes down to one major point: harm. It is entirely too easy to cause harm to yourself, to others, or to your personal property. If you follow along with our blog, you may remember a point we made in the article about “What It Takes To Become An Electrician”. In that post, we mentioned that anyone pursuing an education in electrical work pay very close attention to the safety aspects of learning.

This is because electricity, by nature, is highly volatile, and can be hard to predict without training. It only takes one, single misstep and suddenly you, or your home, is on fire. There are plenty of articles out there on how to wire an outlet, or replace a ceiling fan, but please be aware that 1) these articles are rarely comprehensive and 2) reading something and doing it are two very different things.

Common DIY Electrical Work Injuries

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has stated that roughly 400 domestic electrocutions occur every year. And of the estimated 360,900 residential building fires reported, the leading cause is electrical issues and mistakes. We really want to nail home the point that this kind of work takes training and experience to work well. Without these two things, you risk:

  • Harmful electrical shock (the term “electrocution” is a commonly used misnomer, as it indicates specifically death by electrical shock)
  • Major burns
  • Fire, which is one of the most common consequences of DIY electrical work
  • Property loss, including appliances, electrical components, wiring and other possessions
  • Fatality. This one is considerably less common, but more than common enough to dissuade DIY electrical work

Fires that result in catastrophic property loss can even be caused by incorrect bulb wattage, so please keep in mind that something as intense as rewiring should be handled by a trained and certified professional.

Electrical Projects Handled by Kolb Electric in Maryland

Next time you need electrical work, trust in the certified professionals at Kolb to get the job done right! Don’t risk yourself, and your investments on a personal side project. Contact certified electricians today to learn more about our comprehensive electrical services.

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