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33% of Residential fires link to electrical wiring and equipment

Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) warns the public that 33% of residential fires reported by the office of the Ontario Fire Marshal are associated with electrical wiring and equipment.  This includes: electrical circuit wiring, damaged or improperly rated extension cords or cables, breaker/fuse panels, light fixtures (luminaires), receptacles and switches. Fires are prevalent in both copper and aluminum wiring systems.  Investigations of these electrical fires identified that 34% are attributed to incorrect or improper installation and/or procedure.

Through recent research conducted with Ontario homeowners, ESA identified that 47% of residents living in homes 15 to 50 years old have modified or replaced electrical wiring and electrical equipment. This increased to 84% for homes greater than 50 years old.  Electrical Fires Flash

Issues with Aluminum Wiring

Since January of 2003 the Electrical Safety Authority has received an increasing number of questions about the safety of aluminum wiring. In particular, purchasers or owners of homes built from the mid 1960’s until the late 1970’s with aluminum wiring are finding that many insurers will not provide or renew insurance coverage on such properties unless the wiring is inspected and repaired or replaced as necessary and this work is inspected by ESA and a copy of the certificate of inspection is provided to the insurer.  In some cases the insurer may require replacement of the aluminum wiring with copper wiring.  Check with your insurance company for their requirements.

Some homes may have a mixture of aluminum and copper wiring.  ESA – Aluminium wiring in residential installations

Special Offer

Several Unit Owners voiced concerns regarding aluminium wiring and other electrical issues during our 2012 AGM.  One unit owner, Behrid Bajramovic, Bosca Electric, is a Master Electrician.   Behrid has a special offer for fellow YCC # 35 Unit Owners.

Assess 4 to 6 switches, plugs and lights and inspect the panel within your unit for $120.

This assessment will enable Behrid to identify whether there are electrical issues that demand further assessment and repair.  If repairs are required, a separate quote will be issued.

One unit owner who had this assessment discovered prior owner renovations including wiring in the finished basement ceiling without junction boxes as well as melting wires in several areas.

Contact Behrid directly by calling 416-819-0017.