When it comes to electricity in the home a 2012 Leger Market Research survey identified that 28% of respondents feel somewhat safe, and 56% of respondents expressed concern associated with poorly repaired or installed electrical wiring.
Unsafe electrical installations…
- do not meet safety codes and standards;
- may include unsafe electrical products and/or components;
- can present potential shock and fire hazards;
- decrease the value of your home; and
- could impact your home insurance coverage.
How to protect your family and home when arranging electrical work.
- Ask yourself:
- do I know my home’s electrical system and needs (click here for a quick challenge checklist)
- are there any issues or concerns with electricity – circuit breakers that trip or fuses that blow repeatedly, dim and flickering lights, or unusual sizzling and buzzing sounds from your electrical system
- is there a record of who did electrical work in my home over the years
- do I understand provincial standards and requirements for electrical installations.
- Confirm that anyone you hire to do electrical work is qualified and meets provincial licensing requirements; and
- Check that arrangements have been made for electrical inspections to ensure you have a record that electrical work meets pertinent codes and standards.