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Household wiring

Beware old household wiring – don’t let a renovator’s dream turn into a nightmare!

When buying a home built before the 1980s it is imperative the wiring is checked by a licensed electrical inspector or registered electrical contractor prior to moving in.

Fire brigades respond to more than 300 domestic electrical fires each year. Many of these fires are caused by old wiring that has degraded or is unable to cope with the demands of modern electrical equipment, including flat screen televisions, air conditioners, computers and the charging of multiple devices.

Old wiring is dangerous and can kill

In addition to the risk of fire, contact with degraded wiring can be fatal.

For example, in 2010, a man died when he touched old split-metal conduit while installing an aerial in his roof space.

Don’t let this happen to you or your family.

If your house was built more than 30 years ago, the wiring should be checked. Registered electrical contractors and licensed electrical inspectors may be found in your local newspaper or via the internet.

split metal conduit

Split metal conduit

Contact us

If you have any queries in relation to electrical safety around the home or wiring in older homes please contact ESV on (03) 9203 9700 or send us an email to