Faulty electrical cabling puts Tassie homes at risk

TASMANIAN homes could be at risk from housing faulty electrical cabling, according to Tasmanian consumer, building and workplace watchdogs.

A task force, comprising members from Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading, WorkSafe Tasmania and Building Control, yesterday issued guidelines for the recall of Infinity electrical cabling.

Four-thousand metres of Infinity cable was sold in Tasmania between January and October 2013.

The cable was also used in an estimated 40,000 households and businesses across Australia.

Home Timber and Hardware, Plants Plus, Thrifty-Link Hardware and Mitre 10 sold the product supplied by John Danks and Sons.

All types of white thermoplastic-sheathed and orange round Infinity cables are affected, including Olsent power cables sourced from Infinity Cable.

Testing found cables were subject to premature degradation, and that exposed wires, due to fragile insulation, could result in electrical shock or fires if disturbed.

The task force said there was no immediate danger presented by the cable, but warned consumers not to inspect lines themselves.

Home and business owners need to contact the responsible builder or contractor, to confirm whether Infinity cable was used.

If owners are unsure about the original cable installer, they are encouraged to seek inspection from a licensed electrician.

The task force said the cable supplier will arrange for an inspection of electrical wiring and remediation of any installed Infinity cable, free of charge to the consumer.

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