How to Avoid Electrical Code Violations

After a home undergoes newly installed or updated electrical, it must be inspected by a licensed electrician. There are several good reasons for this extra step, mainly the safety of all the occupants of the home. A key part of this process is the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC). They set the standards for installation of electrical systems.

Certainly, homeowners are permitted to carry out electrical works on their own without a permit. However, working with electricity can be extremely dangerous. DIYers absolutely require a certain level of expertise to avoid the risk of fire or electrocution.

Before conquering electrical work, homeowners should know about common electrical code violations and how to avoid making them.

  1. The installation of new lights using old wires. In BC, there are permit requirements to install and replace old light fixtures. Old wires (manufactured prior to 1987) are often unable to handle modern light fixtures. Use new wires to avoid a fire hazard.Nanaimo electrical repair
  2. Incorrect splices outside of a junction box. A substandard splice of two wires takes place outside a junction and is illegal. To avoid a code violation, install a junction box and run the wire inside. The install is complete once the cover plate is replaced.
  3. Recessed lighting in contact with insulation. At least three inches should be between the insulation and fixture for fire safety reasons.
  4. Overcrowding wires. Never place more than three wires through a 7/8-inch hold. Burned wires are a major fire hazard and can go unnoticed by electricians and DIYers when behind walls. Overcrowding also leads to insulation damage.
  5. Lack of tamper-resistant receptacles. The installation of indoor and outdoor tamper-resistant receptacles makes your home child-safe. This is an electrical code requirement.
  6. Installing the wrong circuit breaker. Each circuit breaker has a specific use. Standard circuit breakers must be installed for large appliance use. Ground fault circuit interrupters must be installed in areas that contain small appliances in areas where water is nearby, such as bathrooms and kitchens. Fault circuit interrupters are key for living spaces since they help prevent fires. Buying the wrong circuit breaker may lead to electrical hazards and fires.
  7. Not enough outlets. There are government regulations that require compliant outlets. This restricts the number of extension cords used since they present tripping and electrical hazards.
  8. Unidentified branch circuits. Electrical panels must be accessible, have clearly marked circuits, and may not be moved or altered without an electrical contractor or permit.

Whether facing an outdated electrical system or a wiring mess left behind by an inexperienced DIYer, Walls Electrical can help you avoid harmful mistakes. Our reputable electricians understand safety is vital for all our customers. To book an appointment give us a call at 250-740-0970, or send us an email at

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