Many people pride themselves in their ability to take on any DIY task around their homes. However, some tasks, such as conducting emergency electrical repairs in the breaker box, should be approached with caution due to the risks involved. This article discusses some important questions that you should ask yourself before you perform emergency electrical repairs within the breaker box of your home.
Do I Know All the Steps of the Repair Process?
Imagine that you saw some smoke coming from the breaker box of your house before all lights went off. Before you bring out your DIY tools, ask yourself whether you know all the necessary steps required before you can fix the cause of that smoke that you saw. Refrain from tampering with the electrical system if you are not sure about how well you understand the procedure of repairing a defect in a breaker box.
Can I predict What Can Go Wrong During the Repair Process?
Do you have the ability to picture everything that can wrong as you attempt that emergency repair task? If you cannot picture everything that can go wrong, then you cannot take steps to prevent that worse case scenario from happening. This means that you can expose yourself to a serious safety risk, such as the risk of electrocution when the small screwdriver that you are using melts and shocks you.
Do I Know the Applicable Local Codes?
Each municipality has regulations governing electrical installations, such as regulations governing how thick the wires that are used within breaker boxes should be. Avoid performing that emergency repair if you cannot honestly claim to know the electrical code of your area. This is because you may commit errors, such as making wrong wire connections, that will create conditions that will result in an electrical fire in the near future.
Do I Have the Right Tools for The Task?
Every homeowner can easily get hold of a screwdriver and electrical tape. However, not many have ever used a multimeter. The electrical defect may involve determining the voltage at different points within the breaker box. Or it may require other tools you don't own and aren't familiar with. Do not undertake the electrical repair task if you lack the necessary tools to perform that task.
Do I Have Time to Perform the Repair?
Some electrical repairs, such as rewiring a room, can be done in phases. Other repairs, such as fixing a fault in the breaker box, must be completed once started. Thinking about this question will lead you to decide whether there is still enough time for the repair before it gets dark. You will also think about your competence for the task. You can't know how much time is needed if you have never done that repair before.
Never undertake an electrical repair task in the breaker box if your answer is negative to any of the questions above. Call an emergency electrician for help so that you prevent a bad situation from getting worse.