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Electrical work in Bracebridge: Should you DIY or hire an electrician?

When you have an electrical problem, you may be tempted to do the work yourself. If you live in Bracebridge, however, you should know that Licensed Electrical Contractors (LECs) are the only businesses in Ontario legally licensed to do electrical work in your home. In addition, all electrical work in Ontario needs to be done in compliance with the Ontario Electrical Safety Code.

People's Electrical Contracting is a licensed electrical contractor specializing in residential and commercial applications. We have over 30 years of experience in the installation of electrical systems and a wide variety of repairs. We will get the job done right, on time and on budget.

Put safety first

The fact is all electrical work is dangerous. It’s critical to know exactly what you’re doing when you’re working with electricity. If you are not careful, you can be seriously injured. All it takes is to forget to turn off power or to carelessly interact with the wrong cable. One mistake can cause a fire or electrocution. The temptation of savings, of trying to do-it-yourself, pale in comparison to the cost of harm that can be done to you and your family.

What work needs a permit

Almost all electrical work requires a permit, which triggers a review process by ESA. If something goes wrong you can be found liable.Your insurance may not cover you if the work was not conducted by a Licensed Electrical Contractor or done under permit by you, which is the law in Ontario.The cost for a permit depends on the amount of work you’re doing. The fee for simple residential work starts at $79.

Permits are important documents for insurance and for resale. If something goes wrong, you can be found liable and your insurance may not cover you if the work was not conducted by a Licensed Electrical Contractor or done under permit by you, the homeowner or commercial building owner, which is the law in Ontario.

Here is a partial list of electrical jobs needing a permit:

  • Changing a light switch – Single pole to three-way switch, replacing an existing switch with a dimmer
  • Installing new power outlets - indoor and outdoor
  • Installing a ceiling fan
  • Receptacles: Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs), Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters(AFCIs) or TR (Tamper-Resistant)
  • Electrical panels
  • Installing pot lights
  • Installing a new light fixture where one didn't exist
  • Installing lights on a deck / low voltage deck lights

Work with us

As ESA licensed electricians, the professionals at People's Electrical Contracting are available to assess your project and electrical requirements. We offer a variety of electrical services including repairs and new installations and only use premium parts and equipment of the highest quality. We care about you and the product we are going to produce for you. We stand behind it and guarantee it.

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