Taking pride in your home is important! You worked hard to get it. Now you have put your blood, sweat, and tears into making it your dream home. So, when minor fixes and upgrades are on the table we understand the appeal of a DIY project. Homeowners can take on an electrical DIY project, but it is important to have the know-how and safety knowledge before jumping in. Here are some helpful tips for you before you take on any home electrical project. Remember, if you are unsure about anything, contact your local electrician.

Safety tips you need to know

More homeowners are attempting DIY projects than ever before. The problem? According to the Electrical Safety Foundation, thousands of people are injured or electrocuted every year in their own homes. If you plan to do electrical work on your home here are our top tips for you.

  1. Learn about your home’s electrical system.
    Electricians have years of experience learning, training, and working. If you plan on taking on a project in your home, being knowledgeable about what you are working with is the first step in properly preparing for any electrical project.
  2. Turn off the power to the circuit you are working on.
    It is necessary for every homeowner to know where their circuit breaker is located. When you work with electricity, your safety must switch off the circuit breaker. Even easier projects like installing a new fan or overhead lighting require you to work with wiring. Ensure no power is moving toward them by testing the old installation before starting.
  3. Wear Protective Gear.
    Whether you are working with tools or just working over your head on a ladder, proactive equipment could save your hands, eyes, and ears for a small amount upfront. Safety glasses, gloves, and dust masks are simple and cost-effective protective equipment that are useful in almost any situation.
  4. Use proper tools appropriately.
    Many electrical projects require the use of specific tools. These tools are often required because they have a specific use. Remember, never to use tools outside of their purpose. Be sure you know how to use a tool properly before attempting a new project.
  5. Use a voltage tester.
    A voltage tester is an inexpensive way to keep you safe. This device alerts you to electricity running through wiring and other electrical devices. Before you make contact with wiring with your hand or screwdriver, you can test to make sure there is not a shock waiting.

Know when to hand off a project

DIY projects can be more than a fun way to update your home. You have pride in your work and a sense of accomplishment. That’s good! You should feel that. Sometimes a project can just be more than we can handle. That’s when it is time to call in the experts. If you feel over your head contact Pat Myers Electric today! We are here to help! We can walk you through the whole process and make sure the job is done safely, correctly, and up to code. Our team can even give you some helpful tips to make sure your next DIY project goes smoothly.