Use guides to help gauge electrical skills
Before attempting to do electrical repairs or updates in Boston, be sure to purchase an electrical how to book for guidance and safety. Also refer to the National Electrical Code in its latest form. The National Electric Code is published by the National Fire Protection Association as part of their National fire Codes series. The NEC is mandated by most state and local laws.
The NEC dictates the materials and proper way to do each type of electrical project in a safe and effective way.
According to the NEC you should use only listed or labeled devices and appliances. Check the NEC to make sure project meets the requirements for the correct number of branches, placement of receptacles and grounding . Have all the required materials and equipment before starting a project. Read detailed instructions on the project and reach a good understanding of your project before starting.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in Washington D.C. has published a "Home Wiring Hazards" guide that talks about potential electrical hazards in the home electrical system. The U.S. Consumer Product safety Commission says there are 46,000 home fires per year involving home electrical systems. The National Center for Health statistics lists 760 electrocutions each year with 310 of them involving home consumer products.
Test your existing outlets, switches and repair existing wiring before going on to new wiring projects. Keep your wiring project to your skill level. Know what wiring projects you can do and what ones will need a professional to handle.