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In our modern world, electricity has become an integral part of our lives. We are surrounded by, and in many cases, entirely dependent on, electricity in both our private and professional lives. Imagine how you would get by if suddenly the power went out and never turned back on. They make post-apocalyptic movies about that… Since electricity is all around us, it is inevitable that there will be a need for installations, repairs and upgrades.
An unlicensed electrician is a significant risk to you and your family’s lives, and can have legal repercussions for you down the line. The Law in the State of Israel states that the only ones who can work in the field of electricity are those who hold a valid electricity license appropriate for the class of electrical work they are engaging in. The performance of electrical works by anyone not in possession of a license constitutes a criminal offense, and any residential/commercial property owner that hires such unlicensed workers can be held responsible as well.
Presently, the Electricity Law defines “the Performance of Electrical Works” as the installation, inspection, change, repair or dismantling of an electrical facility including supervision of the performance of works as aforesaid and the drafting of technical plans for the performance thereof.
Regardless of if you require a small job to be done or a more complicated one, there is basic knowledge that everyone should have before they turn to an electrician. The following guide will go over some of the main points you will need to know:
When To Use A Certified Electrician
Use your common sense and caution. Electricity is not something you want to play around with, or take lightly. If there is a problem with the power grid that effects more than just your own home/building, than you will want to contact the electric company and not a private electrician. If a bulb burnt out, you can carefully switch it yourself. If you plug in an appliance and the power goes out, you can just unplug the appliance, and flip the fuse switch up. Sometimes, during peak power usages, the electric grid in your home/building can become overloaded and the fuses will automatically shut down. Here too you can simply flip the fuse switch up after you unplugged some power draining appliances that might have caused the overload.
Anything more complicated than the above examples should involve bringing in a certified electrician. Jobs such as; fixing shorts, installing new/switching faulty electric outlets, installing light fixtures, problems with the power grid, for an inspection, to get a certification that the power grid is working properly, installing an entire new electric infrastructure in an apartment or building or upgrading from a single fuse system to a triple fuse system, etc.
Difference Between Handymen And Electricians
A handyman is not the same as an electrician and usually will not have an electricity license. When using someone to work on any electric related jobs always make sure to ask if they have the proper level certification for that job and then always make sure to ask to see a valid license when they do come over. This is for your own physical and legal safety as well as theirs! If anything were to God forbid happen (for example a service provider is electrocuted while in your home), the question of if it was properly inspected and serviced and by whom becomes very relevant.
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Common Types of Certified Electricians
Assistant electrician (Ozer): These have completed their electrician’s course and must work at this level for one year. They are allowed by law to assist on low voltage projects under the supervision of a certified electrician (and above), but not work by themselves.
Practical electrician (Maasi): They must work at this level for two years. They can work by themselves on low voltage projects and single-fuse box infrastructures up to 1×40 amps.
Qualified electrician (Musmach): They can work by themselves on all types of electric work up to 3×80 Amps, residential or commercial. They can also supervise other electricians.
Chief electrician (Rashi): They must have at least two years of experience as a qualified electrician. They can work themselves on all types of electric work up to 3×250 Amps, residential or commercial. They can also supervise other electricians.
There are other types of electricians, but they are not required for residential projects, and most people only require one of the first three on the list.
For an inspection:
Besides for the regular electrician’s certifications, in order to do an inspection, the electrician needs one of the following added certification:
Level 1 (610)- Can inspect most residential properties.
Level 2 (620)- Can inspect larger buildings and offices.
Level 3 (630)- Can inspect any property, residential or commercial of any size.
How to choose the right electrician:
You can ask friends for recommendations, and you can also research on the internet to see reviews of electricians. The Ministry of Economy and Industry keeps the lists of all licensed electricians and you can check there as well. It is also worthwhile to first check on prices from a few sources to ensure you are getting a fair price quote.
Dangers Of Using Unlicensed Electricians
Attempting to save money can cost people their lives. Many fires begin with a problem with the electric system. When the client prefers to save money and take care of the issue himself or with someone who is not a professional mistakes happen, and these can often become really dangerous. For example:
- Using the wrong wiring- can lead to overheating and fire.
- Improper tightening of wires- can also lead to overheating and fire.
- Incorrect connection of the electric grounding- Grounding is meant to make an electric shock pass to the ground rather than through the body. Without it, a person might be shocked and badly injure, or it can even be deadly, particularly for children.
Safety here has to be number one in your minds and without any compromises. Though there are a few simple cases where a certified electrician does not need to be called in, for most electric related repairs, maintenance and instillation you need a certified electrician. It is worth the extra money to insure your family’s safety and avoid any legal consequences.