Thu. Nov 26th, 2020


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Finding a professional to carry out your electric works is easy. The good news is that there are some minor electrical works that you can do by yourself in your home. However, electrical works are very delicate and require skills and good knowledge to prevent possible damages.

The law allows you to carry out some electrical works by yourself, as long as you have the skills and knowledge required. Also, it is very important to carry out the right safety precaution to ensure that accidents do not occur while working. Accidents related to electrical facilities can be fatal, sometimes leading to loss of lives and properties. If you are unsure of what to do while doing electrical work, contact an emergency electrician to help you out.

In this guide, you will be given proper information on the needed safety precautions required to carry out electrical works effectively. This guide provides information and gives useful precautions which you ought to follow through for a safe electrical work.


There are some important precautionary steps that you must take before embarking on any electrical project:

  • Get proper knowledge about the work: You need to know the problem, the required solution, and the steps to take to provide the solution. You should have the basic electrical knowledge, be able to distinguish between different electrical symbols, and know the electrical wiring colours.
  • Ensure that the main power supply is turned off.
  • Check to see that your working environment is safe, and there is no possible risk of terminals becoming live.
  • Ensure that before working on an appliance, the appliance is unplugged from the mains electricity supply as failure to do this can pose a threat.
  • Be sure that the appliance is permanently connected to the main electrical supply such that it cannot be unplugged; switch off the power supply first.

Which Electrical Activities Can You Perform?

To carry out the following work on low voltage installation without payment, you must own and live in the property where the work is to be done. Some of the minor electrical works you can do include;

  • The removal and replacement of the fittings listed below, as long as there is no work to be done on the switchboard;
    • Socket outlets
    • Switches
    • Light fittings
    • Batten holders
    • Thermostats
    • Switches of water heaters
    • Flexible cords fixed to a permanent connection unit.
  • Removal and replacement of fuse-links
  • Changing the positions of sockets and switches.
  • Connecting fixed wires appliances
  • Disconnecting fixed wired appliances
  • Installation and changing of sub-circuits as long as you do the following;
    • Do not enter any area that is likely to contain live conducting wires.
    • Do not connect the electrical work to the mains supply
    • Get the work tested by a professional and licensed electrical inspector to ensure that the work is safely connected.
  • Repairing an appliance as long as the following conditions are true;
    • The appliance is owned by you or a close relative
    • The appliance is to be used by you or a close relative
    • The purpose of use of the appliance must not be for commercial or industrial.
    • The repair must be done following the right rules and regulations, as stated in ECP 50.

The Main Electrical Works You Can Carry Out By Yourself

If you go through Regulation 57 of the Electricity (Safety) regulations 2010, you will see a list of the electrical repairs you can carry out at home. Some of these repairs include;

  • Repairing light fittings
  • Moving switches, sockets and lighting outlets that are wired with tough plastic-sheathed cables.
  • Replacing fuse wires and cartridges.
  • Disconnecting and reconnecting permanently wired appliances.
  • Replacing switches, heater switches, and thermostats.
  • Installing, extending or altering any cables except the ones coming from the street to the board.
  • Moving, repairing or replacing flexible cords.

Before Doing Your Own Wiring

There are certain rules you must consider before doing your wiring in your home;

  • Check to see that there are no live wires and terminals in your work environment.
  • Ensure that the power supply is switched off before you start working.
  • After extending or altering cables, contact a licensed electrician to inspect the work, check to see that it complies with the safety requirements and connect it to the main electrical supply. Do not connect your work to the electricity supply yourself.

Ensure that you do not perform any form of work except replacing a fuse wire or fuse cartridges on the switchboard.

Note that Employers, Landlords, and tenants are not allowed to carry out any electrical work in their rented property except they are licensed, electrical practitioners. Also, if you are going to make any extensions to an existing wire, ensure that you purchase the right wire which is suitable to your existing wire. It is important for you to purchase high-quality materials, as materials with bad quality can be disastrous. If you are unsure about the right quality of material to purchase, you can ask for help from a professional.

What Happens If Something Goes Wrong During The Electrical Work

As a non-professional electrician, there is a possibility that something might go wrong while working. Now, if you make a mistake with your connections, or you feel that something is not right, disconnect the work from the main power supply and contact an emergency electrician in London.

In a situation where after trying to fix an electrical appliance, or do electrical work, it still is not functioning, this means you did something wrong and you need to get help from a licensed electrician. Do not risk your life and the lives of the people around you by engaging in an uncertain electrical work. The damages that can arise from a failed electrical work can be fatal. If you encounter problems, simply stop, disconnect and contact a professional. Do reach out to us at Electric Works London today and we will be glad to help.