Why You Need a Qualified Electrician Share In our previous electrical maintenance articles, we’ve mentioned the importance of hiring a qualified electrical contractor to perform maintenance and repairs. Electrical work is generally not a recommended do-it-yourself project, and while hiring a professional may cost more up front, it’s a smart choice that can end up saving you a lot of money and worry in the long run. So what’s a qualified electrician? In short, a qualified electrician is a licensed electrician who has the field work experience and continued training to best install, repair and evaluate electrical systems. This professional will be able to guide your facility to an effective electrical preventive maintenance program that will ensure your facility functions safely and efficiently. Is it really worth it to outsource electrical work? Yes. Qualified contractors have the trained people, expertise and technology to support your needs in a cost-effective manner. They will also be up to date on electrical codes and requirements. How do I find a qualified electrician? To ensure you find the right electrician for the job, obtain multiple bids and check references before making any decisions. You can learn a lot by talking to other churches and worship facilities. Also make sure your chosen candidate is: Licensed Insured for liability and workers’ compensation Experienced – check with other church contacts for a referral if you aren’t having any luck with your electrician search Able to provide a list of items to be repaired or replaced and list them in the order of priority For more tips on selecting and working with outside contractors, read this article. This is the fifth article in the Electrical Loss Prevention series that GuideOne Insurance is doing in conjunction with Hartford Steam Boiler, our equipment breakdown reinsurer. Here are the others: Introducing the 2017 Safety Watch Electrical Loss Prevention Series The Benefits of an Electrical Preventive Maintenance Program Why Your Electrical System’s Age Matters Are These Hazards Present in Your Electrical Room? Tags SafeChurch Religious Organization © 2023 GuideOne Insurance. GuideOne® is the registered trademark of the GuideOne Insurance Company. All rights reserved. This material is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to give specific legal or risk management advice, nor are any suggested checklists or action plans intended to include or address all possible risk management exposures or solutions. You are encouraged to retain your own expert consultants and legal advisors in order to develop a risk management plan specific to your own activities.