Q: What is Knob & Tube Wiring?

Knob-and-tube wiring (sometimes abbreviated K&T) was an early standardized method of electrical wiring in buildings, in common use in North America from about 1880 to the 1930s.

As existing K&T wiring gets older, insurance companies may deny coverage due to a perception of increased risk. Several companies will not write new homeowners policies at all unless all K&T wiring is replaced, or an electrician certifies that the wiring is in good condition.

More information can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knob-and-tube_wiring

Q: Is your home an unsafe fire hazard?

Did you know that dangerously old and obsolete breaker panels and fuse boxes are a danger to your property and can risk the safety of you and your loved ones?

If your home was built before 1970 there is a good chance that your breaker panels or fuse boxes were designed using outdated and unsafe technology that over time has been proven to be unsafe.

Major flaws have surfaced after years of use and testing. These older designs of breaker boxes have been proven to not be good enough to truly provide reliable fire and electrocution protection for the home owner.

Many of these panels were installed between 1940 and 1970. This means, that a large percentage of the homes in our area are still using these unsafe panels today, unknowingly exposing themselves to fire and health hazards.

One such brand, Federal Pacific Electric Company (FPE), is on the top of the list of panels that need replacing. These panels are not sensitive enough to trip the power when there is danger, which is much more dangerous than tripping too often.

In addition to being unsafe these older boxes were never designed to handle the electrical loads of today’s high tech equipment such as computers and big screen TV’s. Or the many modern appliances used in most kitchens today.

Keep your home and your family safe by making sure that you only have the safest breaker panels installed.