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If you are considering renovating and doing some wiring work, like upgrading your electric panel and homes' wiring; or, just extending and expanding your electrical appliances; then this is the perfect primer for you; with all you need to know about electrical work safety, in a flash!
According to Pluginsafely.ca, Homeowners in Ontario can do their own electrical work. However, doing electrical work can be risky. They left out the word, 'deadly'! That is why the Law states in the Province of Ontario, that it can only be a 'Licensed Electrical Contractor' that is legally authorized to perform electrical work in someone's home or business.
Whether you are in a new home or an older one; and, you are uncertain about your electrical wiring needs; the Ontario Electrical Safety Code requires homeowners to have their homes' electrical work inspected. Fortunately, there are numerous laws and codes regulating the electrical industry; otherwise, many more people would be hurt and die every year in Canada from electrical related accidents.
In their detailed report available at Electrical Safety Authority â€œThe Ontario Electrical Safety Report shows that we are making good progress overall: electrocution rates are down 43% and fire fatalities have declined 56% in the past ten yearsâ€.
For this reason, here are the four main concerns why people should hire a certified electrical contractor. Firstly, most legitimate electrical service provider companies are fully licensed and insured to protect themselves and their customers from major liability claims, and accidents, associated with fires and electrocutions due to poor wiring workmanship.
These companies in turn, only hire, train and accredit, qualified electricians that absolutely know what they are doing, day in and day out! They can also arrange for an electrical inspection of your home or for any specific electrical work to be done. And finally, once inspected, they are also qualified to give you a Certificate of Inspection; which is the Electrical Safety Authority's stamp of approval, telling you that all the electrical work has been done right, and that you and your family are safe in your home.
In the event you are purchasing a new home you would be wise to consider the condition of your homes electrical system. As advised by the Electrical Safety Authority, in their Home Safety PDF, they suggest you should know the following:
- 57% of homes that are between 15 and 50 years old have been re-wired or had modifications done to their home's electrical system.
- 68% of homeowners report they retain an electrician to do electrical work â€“ 32% do not.
- 58% of homeowners who have done electrical modifications indicate they have little experience.
- 63% of homeowners report that an inspection was conducted
New home or old home, it is safe and prudent of you to do your due diligence and check out the quality and condition of your homes electrical wiring, including how recently it was inspected!