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06-05-2016

Why Hire a Licensed Electrician in Toronto?


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Ensuring Safety in Electrical Wiring

Why is it important to hire a licensed electrician in Toronto? Foremost, safety. That means your personal safety as well as the safety of your family and pets. Do-it-yourself step-by-step instructions online have become rather popular lately, resulting in an alarming trend for many homeowners to attempt the installation of their electrical wiring. A quick DIY fix seems like it would save on the fees of a licensed electrician. However, for electrical wiring to be safe and correctly installed, it is important that only authorized and licensed electricians do the job. In fact, most electrical fires that have been reported in Toronto and the GTA are due to faulty electrical wiring that was tinkered with by amateurs and inexperienced individuals.

How to ensure electrical safety in the home

During new construction or home renovation in Toronto, the licensed electrician you hired for the project will apply for a local electrical wiring permit before undertaking any work on your electrical system. The Toronto licensed electrician will make a plan for the electrical system because receptacles and switches should be installed in areas where they are needed. For example, receptacles must be installed in the kitchen, bathrooms, living room, bedrooms, hallways, as well as the garage. Some of the receptacles must be unique to the appliance, such as the refrigerator. Separate receptacles can be installed for lighting. An electrical plan is very important because you do not just put switches and receptacles anywhere you desire.

All the materials necessary for electrical wiring must meet the requirements of established electrical codes. A knowledgeable and licensed electrician in Toronto ensures all wires are of the right size with the right amp circuits to supply the necessary loads. There are also different types of switches to control receptacles. Receptacles come in different grades so that problems with heavy loads do not occur. When work on the electrical system has been completed, electrical wiring has to be inspected by an electrical inspector. Inspection is scheduled before the electrical wiring is covered by insulation, vapor barriers, or wallboards. 


What kind of credentials should I be looking for to make sure my electrician is indeed licensed?
Posted by: Grant Brock | September 1, 2016, 7:59 pm
Are there safety measures an electrician uses to avoid short circuiting a kitchen?
Posted by: Howard | August 4, 2016, 4:34 pm
This was informative.
Posted by: Billie | June 14, 2016, 5:42 pm
Rewiring an old house can be quite the challenge.
Posted by: Bob B. | May 24, 2016, 8:36 pm
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