Americans love to repair things themselves. From the family car to appliances to home improvements, we love do-it-yourself projects. Just look at the popularity of the big box home improvement stores. But just because you’re willing to try home repairs doesn’t mean you have the skills to do it safely.
Most of us don’t have the training or experience needed to safely perform electrical work, which increases the risk of injury and electrocution. Working with electricity requires thorough planning and extreme care — cutting corners can be a costly mistake. For example, electrical outlets cause nearly 4,000 injuries every year. And each year, more than 19,700 people are hurt by ceiling fans that are improperly mounted or incorrectly sized. Electrical failure accounted for 89 percent of electrical fires in residential buildings from 2003-2005. CREC strongly recommends hiring a qualified, licensed electrician to perform electrical work in your home. However, if you decide to do it yourself, consider the following important safety tips:
For more tips on treating electricity with care in the home and workplace, visit www.esfi.org.