By Hit The Switch Master Electrician, Steven Puyol
Lots of people ask me how I became a great emergency electrician. But not a lot of people ask Why did I choose to become an Emergency Electrician in the first place?
Well, I’ve always been pretty good with my hands, so it was inevitable I was going to be a tradesman of some sort.
As a teenager, I had a look at a few trades but in the end I choose to become an electrician, and I’m real glad I did.
They say that if you love what you do for a living, you’ll never work a day in your life.
Well, I love being an electrician – and best of all I love being a great emergency electrician.
There’s nothing like the job satisfaction you get from helping people in distress get their lives back together.
Losing power suddenly and being plunged into total darkness can be quite frightening.
I’ve got a wife and young family and I know how I’d feel if they were home alone in the dark, even if it were just for a few minutes.
When I rush to a home, office or a business such as a restaurant, the owners naturally always look stressed and worried – and it’s great to see the sheer relief on their faces when I sort out their emergency and get their lights and power back on.
I guess I was born to be a problem solver.
And it isn’t just a matter of people being afraid of the dark; sometimes – like if there’s a storm and there’s been a lightning strike or high winds have brought down power lines – it could literally be a matter of life and death.
If I wasn’t there to ensure that everything is safe, and to alert the power company, who knows what could happen.
The secret of being a great emergency electrician.
The secret of being a great emergency electrician is to keep a clear head and be prepared for literally anything.
My van is fully equipped and always stocked with virtually all the replacement parts I might need to solve any electrical problem.
It could be anything from a blown fuse or an overloaded power point right up to corroded wiring and dud dimmer switches.
In my time, I’ve seen some unusual situations – minor floods, voltage spikes and power surges in appliances like air conditioning, central heating, washers and dryers; there’s even been a few problems caused by geckos shorting circuits, and mice, rats and possums making a meal of exposed cables. (Their last meal, as it turned out.)
It also helps to be a fairly light sleeper, because when someone is in trouble you really have to hit the ground running; time is definitely of the essence.
Fortunately, late at night – when most emergency call-outs take place – the traffic is usually pretty light, so you can get to the caller’s place fairly quickly.
Anyway, that’s what I love about being an emergency electrician.
Hopefully you’ll never need my services, but if you do, you can count on me to be there.
For more information about what we do, call us on 1300 205 205 or visit our 24 Hour Emergency Electricians page.
I strongly recommend you read the sections on “What to do in an electrical emergency” and “7 ways you can keep your family safe and sound.