In an age where online video tutorials can teach you how to pretty much do anything, it’s all too tempting for the internet to be the first port of call when something goes wrong around the house. There’s nothing more satisfying than admiring your own handiwork and with a step by step tutorial at your fingertips, how hard can it be?
The reality is, attempting some home DIY such as an electrical repair can be extremely dangerous, not only to your home, but to your health as well.
A minor risk is that the repair will be carried out incorrectly and you’ll be left without any electricity, in-turn having to fork out for an electrician to come and fix your mistakes. But what’s far worse is that a single error could result in a major non-compliance, a serious house fire or an electric shock causing severe injury or death.
It’s a common misconception that the domestic voltage running through household electrical wires isn’t enough to kill. This is not correct. The line from the transformer to your home is about 240 volts and if there is a fault in this line, it may well be carrying a lot more power than that. More than enough power to kill, that’s for sure!