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The current economic downturn has inspired more homeowners to tackle do-it-youself projects than ever before. Faced with declining home values and aging properties, homeowners in some cases may choose not to pay for the services of a licensed electrician.
However, most of us don't have the training or experience needed to safely perform electrical work, which increases the risk of injury and electrocution and potentially introduces new dangers. Working with electricity requires thorough planning and extreme care—cutting corners can be a costly mistake.
For example, electrical outlets cause nearly 4,000 injuries every year. And each year, more than 19,700 people are hurt by ceiling fans that are improperly mounted or incorrectly sized.
Electrical Safety Foundation International strongly recommends hiring a qualified,licensed electrician to perform electrical work in our home. However, if you decide to do it yourself, consider the following important safety tips:
For more tips on treating electricity with care in the home and workplace, visit www.esfi.org or www.lynchesriver.com.