Plumbing is not for amateurs, but it is not as dangerous as electrical work.
Without being overly alarmist, electricity can kill you and burn your house down.
Here is a sobering statistic: 30 per cent of deaths related to electrical work in the home occur when people are renovating, installing, maintaining or doing repair work.
Know the rules. Know the risks.
All electrical work is dangerous. Know what needs a permit, never work live, and remember: there’s always more to know.
Most of us can change a light bulb.
Beyond that, most wiring work requires permits.
Check with your municipal office before proceeding with any type of home work.
In Ontario, by law, anyone
you hire must be a Licensed Electrical Contractor (LEC).
General handymen and other service providers cannot do electrical work in residences, other than their own residence. Any tradesperson telling you a Licensed Electrical Contractor is not required for electrical work is a red flag. If you’re hiring a general contractor, confirm that the electrical work will be done by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
A Licensed Electrical Contractor is required to display their ECRA/ESA licence number. Ask to see it.
An electrical inspection is an added safeguard to confirm an electrical installation complies with the Ontario Electrical Safety Code. Even on jobs that seem straightforward, inspectors might find defects that need to be addressed prior to passing. An inspection also provides one-on-one time with a skilled professional, so you can ask questions if you need to.