Many DIYers or budget sparkies try to save a few $ by buying cheap imported electrical wiring, fans or light fittings. The only problem is that many of the fittings or wiring doesn’t comply with Australian safety standards, which is why we will never install anything that does not carry the Australian safety compliance certification.
You may have seen in the news that there have been some major problems found with cabling imported by Infinity Cable Pty Ltd. This cabling was mainly sold through Masters stores over the past 18 months and is the subject of a national stop sale warning, and recall in many states.
The Chinese manufacturer of the cable left out the thermal polymers from the plastic surrounding the wires. These polymers are the essential ingredient that gives the wires durability over time, and leaving it out means that the cables quickly degrade leaving dangerous cables exposed. If your house has been wired using this cable, then your house could very quickly become live in the roof cavities or walls, triggering fires and risk of death from electric shocks.
What to do:
- Re-wire – The only permanent way to solve the problem if you know your house is wired with Infinity cabling is to strip out and totally replace the cabling – which is a lot harder and more expensive once a house has been built (if the wiring was used during construction).
- Earth Leakage Circuit Breakers – If you are not sure whether or not cheap cable has been used in your home, then install earth leakage circuit breakers on all all circuits on your home, to protect yourself and loved ones from electric shock.
- Roof access – Finally, never get into the roof cavity of your home (or open any roof access covers) without first turning off the mains power to your house. It is just not worth the risk.
Tradesmen on Time NEVER cuts corners on wiring. We never use imported cabling such as the Infinity brand. We only use wiring manufactured in Australia, to match Australian standards. Yes, it costs a few $ more per metre, but that is more than made up in safety and peace of mind.
For more information about checking your cabling to see if it is part of the recall, or if you would like to book a fully qualified, insured and trained electrician in the Brisbane area, please visit www.tradesmenontime.com.au or call 0415 623 770