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Consumer watchdog warns of ‘ticking time bomb’ in your home

Home owners are being warned of faulty Infinity electrical cabling installed in thousands of homes.

Home owners across Australia are being warned of a ‘ticking time bomb’ in their homes that could lead to electrocution or a house fire.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued the warning to any of the thousands of homeowners who may have had faulty Infinity electrical cables installed in their homes between 2010 and 2013.

Apparently, Infinity cables that were installed in New South Wales homes in 2010 have started cracking and those installed in 2011 in other states and territories could start cracking next year.

The cables are reportedly cracking when placed under stress near heat sources and roof access areas, putting tradespeople and home owners at risk of fires and electrocution.

Cables have been recalled nationally since August 2013, but as of yet only 54% have been recalled.

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That’s prompted the ACCC to call on electricians to make contact with their previous clients if they suspect they may have installed faulty Infinity cables.

ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said your home could be a ticking time bomb if you haven’t replaced the Infinity cabling.

“If you have had electrical cables installed in your home between 2010 and 2013, the ACCC is urging you to get your home inspected by a licensed electrician. Do not attempt to inspect the cabling yourself,” she said.

“In some circumstances, suppliers, installers and property owners may be liable to pay compensation for injury or property damage caused by Infinity cable installed in buildings.”

If you’re not sure whether you have Infinity cabling in your home, then the easiest way is to get an electrician to inspect your home.

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The ACCC advises that should only cost you between $100 and $200, which will be covered by the cable supplier if it is found to be faulty.

The cable supplier is also liable to pay for the cost of replacement cabling.

Could your home be at risk? Does this concern you?

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