MILLIONS of DIY fans could face hefty fines under a new law that comes into force on January 1.
Regulations mean anyone carrying out electrical work on their home may need to get official approval.
The move is designed to combat the rising number of deaths, injuries and house fires caused by faulty electrical installations.
But research published today suggests most people are unaware of the changes.
A survey by British Gas found six out of 10 people had not heard about the regulations.
A worrying 60% claimed the new law would not stop them carrying out electrical work at home themselves or asking an unqualified friend or family member to help.
Minor jobs like replacing sockets and light switches will not be affected by the new law, which covers England and Wales.
But anyone thinking of, for example, adding a new circuit to their house will have get the local authority building control department involved who will then inspect the work.
The alternative is to get the work carried out by a suitably qualified expert.