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DIY or Hire an Electrician? by Cleo Gib






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DIY or Hire an Electrician?


 
Career

Electrical work is not for the unskilled, but there are a number of small jobs that even inexperienced homeowners can tackle if they’re careful. Those small electrical jobs include things like:

  • Adding new lighting
  • Replacing outlet covers
  • Creating a new outlet

However, if the work requires much more than that, most homeowners should contact a qualified electrician in Grand Terrace. Here are just a few reasons why that makes sense.

Personal Safety

All construction work carries some amount of risk, but electrical work involves much greater risk of severe injury (or even death) than your typical hammer and nail work. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 6,000 people die from electrical injuries each year, so determining whether to hire a professional or to do the job yourself should include a consideration of the potential danger.

Home Safety

There were more than 1.2 million house fires in 2013, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Fortunately, that number is on the decline. Still, even with 21 percent fewer fires in 2013 than in 2012, those fires resulted in 3,240 deaths. Damages in those fires totaled $11.5 billion. Cooking mishaps caused the majority of fires, but malfunctioning electrical systems was responsible for 7 percent of those fires. That translates into 28,600 electrical fires per year causing $1.1 billion in property damage and 310 deaths.

The majority of electrical fires are caused by faulty electrical outlets and outdated appliances. Outdated wiring or poor wiring jobs are responsible for other electrical fires. In short, badly wired homes or outdated wiring should be remedied by a professional. Experts recommend that any home with wiring more than 20 years old may warrant a visit from a qualified electrician in Grand Terrace, as the electrical systems in homes more than two decades old may not be capable of handling the electrical load generated by the sheer number of electrical appliances in today’s homes.

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