On a recent trip to the local "big box" hardware store, a bookrack with DIY (do it yourself) books on every home fix-up topic lined the shelves.  We've all experienced the need to cut a few corners, here and there, as the economy continues to improve.  You may be handy and comfortable with the installation of a ceiling fan or light fixture and have experience doing so - for those projects, you should probably consider a DIY, if you're confident.  However, there are scenarios when a professional electrician is not just the smart choice but the right choice.  Sometimes, doing it yourself can lead to accidents or safety issues that could cost you your home or even those living in it.

Kenco Electric, Inc. Director of Safety, Kenny Inscore says that you should rely on an electrician for tasks like repairing electrical appliances, installing or changing wiring or fuse boxes, and anytime you need to repair a plug or light switch.  As a rule of thumb, any project where you aren't instantly able to identify the components and have experience and training in repairing, a licensed electrician should be called.  Although it makes sense to pinch pennies, putting your family or property at risk is not a cost-saving move.

The old adage, "A stitch in time saves nine," applies to all things electrical.  Dimming lights?  You could have a drop in voltage and only a trained electrician can trace the source of that drop.  Periodically, do you smell something burning but you can't put your finger on what it is?  It's best to call a licensed electrician immediately and secure your family.  Safety is our first priority in everything we do at Kenco Electric, Inc. and we believe your safety at home is equally important.  Getting shocked, injured or starting a fire is not safe.

So, when can you safely rely on your own abilities around the house?   Troubleshooting, for one.  We've all been asked on the technical support line, "Is the unit plugged in?"  Not a bad thing to check.  Periodically checking your cables, cords and connections is the first line of defense in safety around the house.   If you have some skills, replacing a light fixture or exhaust fan may be within your capabilities, without risk of injury or safety.  We know that the allure to be your own handyman is too great for some people to avoid.  In those cases, we strongly recommend the following guidelines:

  • If the project requires a permit, then you need an electrician.

  • Never touch plumbing or gas pipes when working on electrical projects.

  • Always unplug appliances and cut power at the circuit breaker before starting any project.

  • Make sure you are not standing in water or touching water.

If you are ever in any doubt, that's the best time to rely on a licensed electrician.  Let us know what you're working on and we'll let you know how we can help you accomplish your goal with minimal expense and no threat to your safety.  Call Kenco Electric, Inc. at the number above or send us an e-mail.  

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