Electrical shocks may be a bit funny to see, but they’re absolutely no joke. If you’ve ever had an electric shock, then you know exactly what we mean. Working with electricity is no laughing matter, and although there may be some electrical work you can do as an amateur, there are some tasks which are best left to professionals. So, what can you do as an amateur, and what should you delegate to a licensed electrician? The bigger question is, when do you really need an electrician? Here, your top questions are answered.
What you can do yourself
As mentioned, there are some electrical tasks you can do on your own. But in general, by law, most electrical work should be undertaken by a professional. So, what can you do yourself? For one, you can do the simplest electrical work ever: change a light bulb. Secondly, you can turn off the power or turn on the power at the switch box. Thirdly, you can use your electrical appliances as long as you are following the instructions of the manufacturer. The fourth thing you can do is to check the batteries you have in your smoke alarms. These are basically all you can do under the law – any further work should be carried out by an electrician.
When you need an electrician
You will need an electrician for all other electrical work – and this includes what you may consider a simple task such as the installation of a power outlet or point or changing or adapting plugs from appliances which have been bought abroad. You also need an electrician for other seemingly ‘minor’ work such as the installation of transformers for special lights such as downlights, and you need an electrician for fixing damaged or broken fittings. Of course, if you need more complex electrical work, it goes without saying that you need professional help.
Why get a registered and licensed electrician?
A licensed and properly registered electrician, as opposed to a non-registered or non-licensed electrician, will have gone through the right training in order to make sure that whatever work they undertake complies with the regulatory standards (in this case, Australian Standards). A registered and duly licensed electrician such as one from MrSparky.com.au will also have the right tools for the job and will know how to do the work in a safe manner. They will take whatever precautions are necessary and they will fully understand the local electrical systems. They will also make sure to test the work they have done, especially in regard to safety.
When you are looking for the proper electrician, simply ask for their license. Their license can also be confirmed – all you need to do is visit the state licensing authority’s website.
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