Many things must be left to the pros

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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.

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