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DIY = DIE

Don’t die trying to be an electrician

Call in a professional whenever you need electrical work done, no matter how small the job.

Don’t be tempted to do your own electrical work – it’s illegal and it can also be deadly. That’s the message of our DIY=DIE campaign.

ESV launched the DIY=DIE campaign after two Victorians were killed doing their own electrical work. They weren’t qualified and they may have thought they were saving time or money. They paid with their lives.

Some people think they can fix things themselves but it takes years to become a licensed electrician. Whether you’re at work or doing your own jobs around the house, DIY=DIE when it comes to electrical work.

Find your local electrical tradesperson

Need a qualified electrician to complete electrical work around your property?

Our Find a tradie listing helps you find your local licensed electrician.

Click here to find one in your area.

Are you a registered electrical contractor? Add your business to our list and opt-in today.

Farms and rural work sites

The two Victorians killed in early 2016 were both doing DIY electrical work on farms. These deaths were entirely preventable.

ESV is concerned that farmers are cutting corners and doing work they are not qualified to do and the results can be deadly. Farmers are more likely to die at work than any other Victorian worker – about 30% of work place deaths occur on farms. Financial pressures can also mean that many farmers work long hours or potentially cut corners with maintenance. It’s simply not worth the risk when it comes to electricity.

Make sure electrical installations and equipment are kept in good working order. If there’s a problem don’t risk your own safety or the safety of your workers – always call in a licensed electrician, no matter how remote you are or how small the job.

Tips for staying safe

Don’t become another statistic

  • Never ignore minor shocks and tingles because these can be signs of a bigger electrical problem.
  • Turn off water pumps before entering the water and touching or checking the equipment.
  • Don’t try to fix submersible pumps yourself because electricity and water is a deadly combination – the young farmer who died in January 2016 was doing this when he was electrocuted.
  • Don’t use oversize fuse wiring.
  • Never use broken power tools or faulty extension cords.

DIY=DIE bumper sticker

Do your friends and/or family DIY?

Make the message stick by sending them one of our free DIY=DIE stickers, pictured below. Place your order here.