ACCC warning: is your home at risk? 15



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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a warning on a potential fire hazard present in up to 40,000 homes and businesses across Australia, and is calling on property owners to take action to prevent a potential disaster.

It comes with a recall of dangerous, faulty electrical cables that fail to meet safety standards due to poor quality plastic insulation coating. Tests have shown that the cable may become prematurely brittle from 2016 onwards, which could cause fires or electric shock if the cables are then disturbed.

The recall occurred more than a year ago, however, 62 per cent of the faulty cables are still out there, “posing a serious and unnecessary risk to community safety”, according to ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard.

While electricians and builders are obliged to inform homeowners of the risk and to arrange to replace any of these faulty cables they installed, the remediation efforts have been slow.

Ms Rickard said state governments may be forced to step in to ensure tradies are being proactive about replacing the cables, and that it should cost the electrician and the home owner nothing, as the cable supplier would wear all the costs.


“It would be far better for electricians to be on the front foot and schedule this work rather than waiting to see if a regulator contacts them. While they do nothing, they run the risk of a house burning down, or a fellow tradesperson or home owner being electrocuted,” she said.

In the meantime, home owners are urged to have all electrical cable installations carried out between April 2010 and October 2013 inspected by an electrician. Any Infinity cables that are discovered should be replaced as soon as possible under the supplier’s recall.

The ACCC says an inspection can be carried out for as little as $100. So far, only 823 homes have had their properties made safe out of a potential 40,000.

Further information about the recall can be found on the ACCC website.

Could you be at risk or someone you know? Be sure to let them know about this recall and the potential dangers. 



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  1. Did you have electrical cable installed in your home between April 2010 and October 2013? FOR YOUR SAFETY – Any Infinity cables that are discovered should be replaced as soon as possible under the supplier’s recall.

    2 REPLY
    • If they are behind walls it’s damned hard to check. Are they normal (or not) wiring cables used to wire houses or are they used in power boards??

  2. Many of these cables have been purchased by the owners . So maybe the people who installed them could be unaware of this problem , as tar as I know about 5percent has been replaced

  3. Electricity is such a dicey thing! So much potential for disaster! When we first moved here, I nearly threw my iron out as when I used it in the laundry, it was tripping the cut out switch. Then I turned the dryer on while washing machine was going. It knocked out the power on one side of the house. First thing I did was retrieve my iron from the bin, secondly, I rang an electrician and his solution!! Don’t attempt to use two large appliances at the same time! How ridiculous! We never feel totally safe when the washing machine is on. I don’t know the cause!

  4. The only electric item to have a cord like that now is an iron ,they should change the lead .

  5. I know our house had recently been renovated by the previous owner!! Bit scary not knowing the cause of our problem!

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