Thursday, May 11, 2006

How Old Is Your House in Light Years?


From Joyce Cohen in todays NY Times "Walk Through":

Did you know that May is Electrical Safety Month?

Underwriters Laboratories is publicizing the dangers of electric wiring in older homes. The group says a third of the country’s housing stock has wiring that is 50 years old or older.

The Residential Electrical System Aging Research Project finds that faulty wiring can be a hidden fire hazard. There aren’t always flickering lights, frayed cords or acrid electric-burning smells to let you know something’s wrong. “Bad things can be happening inside walls even without these warning signs,” says UL.

Even such innocent mistakes as “overlamping” a fixture — using a 100-watt bulb when the fixture is made for 60 watts — can wreck the wiring over time, causing a fire.

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