Faulty and damaged electrical wiring results in hundreds of fires in Australian homes every year. Tragic incidents like this can be easily prevented by having your wiring checked out by a licensed electrician to identify any damage or deterioration.
There are no set rules around how often you should have your house wiring checked as some houses (especially older ones) will need more regular checks. As a rule of thumb, it is a good idea to get an electrician to check the wiring in your home at least once every two years.
A professional electrician is the only one who can confidently assess the state of the wiring in your home, however there are a few things that might give you an idea as to whether your home may require an wiring check including…
- Damage to wires within your fuse box
- Sparks when you plug in an appliance
- Flickering or dimming lights
- Buzzing lights
- Hot power points
Older homes (pre 1980) are at a higher risk of wiring issues, with majority of electrical fires caused by deteriorated wiring. Modern materials and technology, thorough testing and regulation of electrical components make for safer cable types than the ones that were used in a lot of original Australian homes.
The main issues with the wiring in these older style homes include…
- Overloaded electrical circuits
- Poorly modified wiring
- Lack of electrical receptacle grounding
If you are unsure of the condition of your wiring system or haven’t had it checked in the last couple of years, it is recommended that you engage the services of a qualified electrician. By having your electrical wiring checked on a regular basis, you will not only ensure the protection of your family, but also help to protect the integrity of your electrical system.