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Don’t risk lives to save money on electrical work this Easter

Queenslanders planning household repairs and maintenance during the Easter holidays have been urged to leave electrical work to the professionals.

Electrical Safety Office head Dr Simon Blackwood warned do it yourself-ers (DIYers) that saving a few dollars was not worth jeopardising their insurance policies and risking lives.

"Many people like to catch up with repairs and maintenance during the first big break of the year," Dr Blackwood said.

"But even if you think you know what you are doing with DIY projects, never attempt to do your own electrical work – it’s dangerous, illegal and can be fatal.

"Always get a licensed electrician to do any electrical work and check first that they have a current licence."

Jobs that are most definitely not suitable for anyone other than a licensed electrician to carry out include:

  •  installing a new power point
  •  replacing a light switch
  •  replacing a batten holder with a new light fitting
  •  altering the location of an existing power point
  •  replacing a light fitting with a ceiling fan.

Homeowners are also advised not to carry out repairs to electrical equipment or appliances but to take them to a licensed electrician or authorised service agent.

"Major damage to your home from an electrical fire is also a real risk with any unlicensed work, and may eventually lead to an insurer refusing a claim," Dr Blackwood said.

Aside from the risk to home and health, DIY electrical work is regarded as unlicensed electrical work, which is illegal and carries penalties of up to $40,000.

Call 1300 650 662 or visit www.electricalsafety.qld.gov.au for more information and to check if your electrician is licensed.

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Last reviewed
14 March 2014
Last updated
5 November 2015
 
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