If you’re thinking of DIY electrical work for any spring home improvement projects you have planned, we urge you to think twice before you do. While it may be enticing to attempt a job that seems simple, with little more than the aid of a YouTube video, there are reasons you shouldn’t rely on luck, leaving hazards and safety to chance.


Perhaps the most obvious reason electrical work should be left to the professionals is safety. Electricity is dangerous! It can be easy to take something we use daily for granted and not realize how hazardous it can be. Electrical shock can cause major injury or even death. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), there are at least 30,000 non-fatal injuries and approximately 1,000 deaths caused by electrocution in the United States each year.
These statistics demonstrate why electrical work should be taken seriously. Even minor electrical jobs can result in major catastrophe if you aren’t specially trained to work on wiring or electrical systems. Electricians are licensed professionals, educated and trained to properly work with electricity safely.

Knowledge and Skills

Unless you are a professional, licensed electrician, there’s a good chance you won’t have the necessary tools and safety equipment needed when performing electrical work. Using tools that aren’t designed for the job or attempting tasks without the proper equipment can result in mistakes and increase your chance of injury.
Electricians are also familiar with permits and building codes needed to do certain electrical jobs. They’ll obtain any necessary permits and ensure that the work they perform is up to code.

Peace of Mind

Do you really want to be left wondering if you installed a new outlet correctly every time you plug your toaster into it? Is a “so far, so good” mentality really enough when it comes to electrical components in your home working properly?
Electrical jobs done incorrectly obviously pose dangerous safety risks in your home, but they’re also a risk to the investment in your home improvement project. While you may think DIY electrical work will save money, it can actually end up costing you far more in repairs than hiring a professional in the first place. The confidence of a job done safely, by a professional who stands behind their work is worth the cost!

Trained and Trusted

GVEC makes choosing a professional electrician to perform work in your home or business little easier by having our own licensed electricians on staff. We’ve been safely delivering electricity to our members in the Guadalupe Valley for over 80 years. Our electricians provide the same excellent customer service and professionalism GVEC is known for to members and non-members alike.
For more information about GVEC electrician services, visit gvecelectricianservice.com, or call 888.590.7773.

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