Aluminum wiring can be a great fire hazard. Of course, we know that today, but back in the 60s and 70s it was the wiring of choice for home electrical systems. It is estimated that over two millions homes and businesses are still wired with aluminum wiring. It is important that these wires be replaced with new copper wiring to ensure safety for families and businesses.
Why Is Aluminum Wiring Unsafe?
Aluminum wiring is known to expand and shirk at the connection points in wall outlets, circuit breakers, and switches. This can lead to a very vulnerable connection that may shock the user. Overheating is also an issue which could lead to a fire.
Aluminum Wiring – the Serious Potential Fire Hazard
Statistics from the CPSC say that homes wired with aluminum wiring are over 40 times more likely to have fire issues than those wired with copper.
Aluminum-wired homes are 40 to 50 times more likely to have fire problems than copper-wired homes, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Scott Wolfson, Director of the CPSC, says:
This is an area we feel very strongly about. Aluminum wiring in a house presents a very serious potential fire hazard. We feel that there are a significant number of homeowners who have aluminum wiring and who haven’t yet taken steps to make their homes safe.
A Whole House Rewire Might Not Be Necessary
It may not be necessary to completely rewire your entire home. You may be able to just add aluminum components to the connection points in your existing system to secure the joints. This is a simple measure but will usually make the aluminum system safe.
Note: This is specialized work and should only be completed by a professional who is trained in aluminum and copper wiring.
What do I do next?
Figure out what year your home was built or renovated in. If it was during the 60s or 70s, consult with an electrician to see what type of wiring your house uses. They will be happy to expose any potentially dangerous problems in your home.