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Electricity within your home must be treated with respect. The fact that you can’t see electricity makes it more dangerous, so it’s important to keep a few simple safety tips in mind when you are working with electrical appliances around the home.
We recommend that for all wiring and appliance repair work, you use an electrician who is a member of the New Zealand Electrical Contractors' Association (ECANZ). Visit their website for a list of contractors in your area.
The law does allow you to complete certain electrical work yourself if you comply with set standards. But, unless you know what you are doing, we advise that you use a licensed electrician. Installing your own wiring or fixing appliances is not as simple as it may seem, and puts you at risk of electric shock or causing a fire. Also, if you sell the house or appliance at a later date, you may be liable under law for any consequence of your workmanship.
Always comply with the following safety precautions: