Electrical Fire Risks in Older Homes - 4 Part Online Series

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Electrical Fire Risks in Older Houses - A 4 Part Series
by Brian Cook (FSR), President of PowerCheck

Targeted to electricians, this is a series of in-depth sessions on the electrical systems, examination procedures, and common electrical safety hazards found in older houses.

Electrical concerns, findings and solutions will be presented to help electricians correctly diagnose issues and bring older homes to a more acceptable level of electrical safety.

Session 1: February 13, 10 am to 12 pm & March 19, 1 pm to 3 pm
"A Walk Through of Electrical Fire Risks in Older Houses"

Learn about:

  • a typical older house electrical safety survey
  • changes in house electrical systems from the 1920s to the 1970s
  • electrical fire concerns typically found in older houses
  • diagnostic tests that can determine the integrity of an old home electrical system

Session 2: February 20, 10 am to 12 pm & March 21, 1 pm to 3 pm
"Knob and Tube"

Learn about:

  • the history of open electric wiring ("knob and tube") from 1910 to 1964
  • various types of "knob and tube" wiring
  • attributes, concerns, diagnostic methods and solutions

Session 3: February 25, 1pm - 3pm & March 26, 1 pm to 3 pm
"The Aluminum Years"

Learn about:

  • houses built between 1965 to 1975, known as "The Aluminum Years"
  • common findings and concerns with aluminum wiring
  • diagnostic methods and solutions

Session 4: March 4, 1pm - 3pm & March 28, 1pm to 3 pm
"Recommended actions to bring older homes up to modern standards"

Learn about:

  • upgrading older services, panels, bonding, system grounding and the wiring of devices
  • ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection
  • smoke alarms and compliance with the 2005 National building code
  • the importance of a comprehensive electrical safety check and general maintenance

About the Guest Speaker.

Brian Cook is an experienced licensed electrical contractor specializing in home electrical systems and is a Field Safety Representative (FSR), class B, issued by Technical Safety BC. He has a background in engineering and is the President of PowerCheck, providing electrical risk evaluation of older homes throughout BC. Through a comprehensive analysis of the electrical system, PowerCheck provides an opportunity to easily understand the electrical safety of the home. If hazards are identified, they are clearly laid out in a report so that an independent electrical contractor will know exactly what actions to take to bring a house to an acceptable level of safety.

Each session is approximately a 2 hour presentation, refreshments will be served before the session.

Please Note: the views expressed here and in the sessions, including any products that may be promoted, are those of the presenter and do not express the view or opinions of Technical Safety BC.

This session does not count towards the knowledge update requirement for FSR certification renewals. Please click here for more information on FSR renewal.

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