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Many homeowners are capable of replacing light switches, installing ceiling fans and other basic wiring jobs, but safety experts warn do-it-yourselfers against dabbling in most elements of household electricity. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, home-based electrical systems cause nearly 55,000 fires a year, resulting in more than 500 deaths and 1,400 injuries. Electrical fires cost $1.4 billion a year in property damage.

Whenever working with electricity, remember these tips:

  • Always assume overhead wires are live and fatal to the touch. If a limb falls on one during a storm, leave it alone and call the utility company.
  • Never operate electrical equipment in or near standing water.
  • Never repair electrical equipment without proper training.
  • Have a qualified electrician inspect electrical equipment if it has come into contact with water.
  • Use a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) in any area that comes in contact with moisture.
GE Smith Electric DIY Electrician Installing Electrical Switch with Screwdriver on White
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To replace a standard non switched duplex receptacle, follow these steps:

  1. Turn off the power to the receptacle from the main fuse or circuit panel.
  2. Unscrew and remove the cover plate; then use a voltage tester to make sure that the circuit is dead. (Insider Tip: If you do not have an electrical tester use a working lamp or radio to ensure the outlet is dead. NEVER turn off the main circuit breaker for outlet replacement.)
  3. Unscrew the receptacle from the electrical box and pull it out with the wires still attached. Note where the white and black wires are attached to the old receptacle.
  4. Read more “DIY: Doing electrical work on your own?”