Why Your DIY Electrical Work is Illegal

When faced with certain electrical emergencies, many residents of Adelaide are likely to resort to DIY electrical work in resolving the problem instead of hiring an emergency electrician in Adelaide. There are many risks involved in DIY electrical work. There are the practical risks such as electrocution, burns or even hazardous electrical standards that you could cost you tens of thousands of dollars. Then there are the legal and insurance risks. By doing DIY electrical work without any electrical qualifications or licensing, you are actually breaking the law.  Additionally, insurance companies are unlikely to pay you compensation if they determine that you did the electrical work yourself or hire an unqualified and unlicensed “electrician” who did the job without even issuing a compliance certificate.

What the law says

Australian law is quite clear that all electrical work must be handled by a qualified and licensed electrician. If you are dealing with electrical emergencies, you have to hire an emergency electrician in Adelaide to do the job.  Australian law is generally quite tough on DIYers as well as amateurs and you are likely to pay very heavy fines. Generally, you are not supposed to handle any job that goes beyond changing the bulbs.

In most Australian states and territories, the requirement is that homeowners must get a compliance certificate every time electrical work is performed in their homes by tradies.  This certificate will serve as a guarantee that the emergency electrician in Adelaide has performed the task in compliance with Australian standards. That means that if there is any defective work performed by the electrician, you are adequately covered.

In some Australian states, an electrical license is required for pretty much for all kinds of electrical wiring work on your premises, whether residential, commercial or industrial. This is a requirement regardless of the scope or cost of the work. In certain states such as Queensland, a person can face up two years in jail or pay a fine of up to $100,000 if they perform an illegal electrical work that results in death or any serious injuries. If illegal electrical work results in multiple deaths, the fine is $200,000 or up to 3 years in prison.

If you are a DIYer trying out your electrical engineering skills on your premises, it is illegal for you to do any of the following electrical work:

·         Replacement of a light switch

·         Installation of new electrical power points

·         Changing the location of an electrical power point

·         Carrying out repairs on electrical appliances

·         Installing an extension lead

·         Carrying out replacements of plugs at the end of leads

·         Replacing a light fitting that has a ceiling fan

However, homeowners are not entirely locked out of handling everything electrical. There are certain basic electrical tasks that are permitted to undertake. These include the following:

·         Installation of pond pumps as well as garden lighting

·         Replacements of the drive belts in the washing machines

·         Installing smoke detectors that are battery-operated

·         Fitting electrical wall ovens inside kitchen cabinets but not connecting them

·         Cutting openings of AC units but not connecting them

Why take the risk? Hire an emergency electrician Adelaide has today and solve all your electrical issues.

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