Why Michigan Residents Opt for DIY Electrical Work Installation
As a busy individual who is trying to save time and money, completing your own electrical work yourself may seem to make sense. Your local home improvement store has all the necessary tools and materials you need to get the job done yourself. Plus, there is no waiting and no extra cost associated with the work you do yourself.
Yet, as tempting as this scenario sounds, there are a few reasons why you may want to opt for professional installation instead – especially when Lakepointe Electric offers affordable, fast, and safe installations of all your commercial and residential electrical work.
However, we don’t want to discourage you from completing a home improvement project on your own. That is why we put together a to-do list so that you can perform all the same safety practices as we do here at Lakepointe Electric.
- Cut the Power Off from Your Switchboard: First thing’s first: Make sure you turn your electrical switchboard off before you begin your work! But, make sure you also test the power in various rooms to make sure that the power is, indeed, off.
- Don’t Let Water and Electricity Mix: This might be an understatement, but it’s always worth pointing out. Handling any kind of electrical work when there is water present can result in severe, or even fatal, consequences. This boils down to making sure you have washed and completely dried your hands, wiped the surrounding areas with a dry towel, removed drinking glasses or other containers of water, and/or continuously blotting yourself so sweat doesn’t transfer. Not only do we recommend you being dry and away from water, but we also recommend that you wear protective gear (goggles, gloves, etc.) to further reduce any potential for an electrical shock.
- Watch Out for Small Children & Toddlers: Again, we might be mentioning an understatement, but it’s very important to note. If you are working on your own electrical work, please be cautious of any small children or toddlers in your workspace. If possible, try to gate off or enclose the workspace so that they cannot access it. Otherwise, make sure to cover outlets with protective plastic inserts.
- Current Electrical Wiring: All of your electric currents that supply energy to your home or business are carried through all the wiring. So, essentially, wiring is one of the most important components of your electrical work. Many older developments can have electrical wiring that’s been there for a long time. This step is most likely the last thing you’d want to do all on your own. If you see a lot of complications in your wiring, make sure to call the experts at Lakepointe Electric.
- Give Overused Extension Cords a Break: Whether you buy additional extension cords, or change up the way outlets are used, it’s a good idea to keep extension cords from being overused. This goes for extension cords that are marketed to withstand a lot of energy all at once. If you have too many things to plug in, find each source and determine whether you really need that plugged in all the time. Remember… the smallest number of outlets that are plugged in, the better.
Whatever you decide to do, please know that we are always here to help you. You can trust Lakepointe Electric as the leading commercial and residential electricians to solve those issues that arise while performing any DIY electrical work.
Contact Lakepointe Electric for Expert Advice on Electrical Safety Hazards
For more information about DIY electrical work and expert electrical safety, call Lakepointe Electric at (586) 204-8121 or reach out to us through the Lakepointe Electric's contact form on our website. We are your trusted licensed electricians for DIY electrical work and emergency electrical services Macomb County.
Source: The 10 Most Dangerous Electrical Safety Hazards (Do It Yourself)