Sydney ElectricianWe may be a nation of DIYers, but electrical work should only be done by a licensed electrician or registered electrical contractor. So, the answer is simple: unless you’re changing a light bulb, you need a Sydney electrician for all electrical work.

The Dangers of DIY Electrical Work

Don’t be fooled – electrical work is complex and dangerous stuff. In fact, 15 people are killed in Australia every year by preventable electrical injury.

So much can go wrong: incorrect wattage, improper installation of cabling, wrong fuses, faulty installation of switches… The list goes on.

Here are a few devastating consequences of DIY electrical work:

  • House fire. Simple electrical mistakes and faulty installations can lead to electrical house fires. Electrical fires can be difficult to extinguish; water should not be used to put out the fire as it could electrocute anyone who gets wet.
  • Electrocution. Electrocutions can be lethal. If not, it can cause deep burns, ventricular fibrillation, and nerve damage of the heart and lungs. Plus, anyone who tries to help you after being electrocuted could be shocked too.
  • Financial loss. Even if your DIY electrical work doesn’t cause fire or electrocution, you may be subject to severe fines. In Australia, it’s illegal to perform unlicensed electrical work. Individuals can face fines up to $100,000, and companies up to $500,000. You can even be sent to prison for up to 2 years. In addition, if your DIY electrical work causes death or injury, your fine and/or prison sentence can be increased.

Australian Electrical Standards

Because electrical work poses a high risk of injury, Australian electrical standards are very strict. All electrical work must comply with the Australian/New Zealand Wiring Rules, and electrical inspectors are the authority on determining whether or not electrical work meets these standards.

To ensure your electrician meets the Australian electrical standards, ask the following questions:

  • Can I see your electrician license?
  • Can you give me a Certificate of Compliance for the electrical work you perform?

If the answer is no the either of these questions, discontinue work immediately.

If you have any questions regarding electrical standards in New South Wales, contact the NSW regulator at www.resourcesandenergy.nsw.gov.au

Keep your Family and Home Safe

If your home or business requires electrical work, don’t attempt to do it yourself. Give us a call on 1300 191 330 or fill out the form to the right. All our team members have undergone extensive training and practical work experience to earn their electrical license. Plus, we keep up to date with the latest regulations and codes.