Many things must be left to the pros
While it is very satisfying to do your own home improvements, like roofing, plumbing and wiring require expertise.
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. 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 gen- eral contractor, confirm that the electrical work will be done by a LEC.
Confirm that the contractor will get a certificate of inspection, if necessary, when the work is complete.
Working with an inspector
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.
The Electrical Safety Authority is responsible for administering the Ontario Electrical Safety Code, licensing electrical contractors and master electricians, training inspectors, and conducting safety inspections.