Most electrics in a home are hidden away, which means you could you be taking a risk with wiring that’s past its use-by date. Julia Gray investigates
UNLESS a property is new, or you have it newly rewired yourself, it is hard to know how old the wiring is and, crucially, if it is safe. There are tell-tale signs of old electrical work, such as surface-mounted cables, old-fashioned light switches, flexes and ceiling roses, and fuse boxes that use fuse wire, rather than pop-out fuses.
However, fuse boxes are sometimes replaced without the rest of the wiring being updated, and many with pop-out fuses don’t comply with current regulations.
The only way to know for sure is for a qualified electrician to check the electrics. This should be done every ten years anyway, even if you think everything is fine, and whenever you buy a property, as if you do need to rewire, it can cost thousands of pounds. Read more on “Switch on to Safety. Article by Julia Gray, The Chronicle, Nov 23, 2013″ »