Tuesday, 24 May 2011

How old is your wiring?

Electricity is out of sight, out of mind - usually, cables are
conveniently hidden inside our walls and consumer units (fuse boxes)
are often hidden away in cupboards. So it’s not surprising that we
forget to check our electrical installations for wear and tear.
Faulty and ageing wiring is one of the major causes of electrical fires
in the home. You can avoid these by finding out the age of the wiring
in your home, and by carrying out regular checks on the condition of
your cables, switches, sockets and other accessories.
There are clear signs that can help you tell the age of electrical
equipment in your home. These are:
• cables coated in black rubber (phased out in the 1960s);
• cables coated in lead or fabric (before 1960s);
• a fusebox with a wooden back, cast iron switches, or a haphazard
mixture of fuse boxes (before 1960s);
• older round pin sockets and round light switches, braided flex
hanging from ceiling roses, brown and black switches and sockets
mounted in skirting boards (before 1960s);
• wall-mounted light switches in bathrooms (before 1960s).

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