ask the electrician
Electrician Training Electrical Certification wiring recessed light fixtures Electrical Wiring Electrical Troubleshooting and Electrical Repairs wire outdoor light fixture Home Electrical Wiring Diagrams
wiring home generator and transfer switch wiring a 220 volt range cord outlet Wiring for GFCI Outlets Wiring Outlets and a Switched Outlet Wiring and Installing Ceiling Fans and Remote Controls wire dimmer switch wiring diagrams for switches wiring a dryer cord and 220 outlet circuit breaker panel
Electrical Wire and Cable

Electrical Safety for Old Home Electrical Wiring

I just moved into an OLD house, can I plug a 1200 watt appliance into an outlet without burning the house down? Electrical Safety for Old Home Electrical Wiring.

© By:

Electrical Wiring Video

Home Electrical Wiring Videos about this Topic and More

Check out my YouTube Channel, and Subscribe!

Learn more with my Home Electrical Video Course:

Basic Home Electrical Wiring by Example

Electrical Safety
Electrical Project: I just moved into an Old House, can I plug a 1200 watt appliance into an outlet without burning the house down?


This electrical wiring question came from P, a Homeowner in New York, New York.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring project P.

Electrical Safety in an Older Home

plan-electrical wiring project

Electrical Safety for Old Home Electrical Wiring

This electrical wiring project is about Electrical Safety in a Very Old Home.

Hi P., Great Questions!
I understand your concerns about old electrical wiring in your house, so here are a few things for you to consider:
electrical project checklist

  1. Smoke Detectors
    Make sure the home has smoke detectors installed in all of the areas as required by NEC Code.
  2. GFCI Outlets
    Make sure GFCI Outlets are installed in areas where required, such as the kitchen, bathrooms, and exterior areas. When installed properly GFCI Outlets will protect against Ground Fault even if there is not a ground wire with the circuit wiring of the existing outlets.
  3. ARC Fault Circuit Breakers
    If the electrical system has circuit breakers then consider installing ARC Fault circuit breakers for circuits in the areas of concern. ARC Fault circuit breakers will trip off if electrical arcing is detected on the circuit, and this can help prevent fires where there is old wiring or failing electrical connections.
  4. Electrical Panel Upgrade
    If the home has an old type fuse panel then plan to upgrade to a new electric service panel with circuit breakers. If a fuse blows make sure to replace it with the correct size fuse. Installing a fuse that has a higher amperage rating can cause the circuit wiring to overheat which can lead to a house fire.

Resources to Help You:

home electrical wiring

More about Home Electrical Safety

Wiring Smoke Detectors

How to Install Smoke Detectors

Understanding smoke detector wiring. Smoke alarms provide the earliest warning of both fire and smoke.

Wiring GFI Outlets
GFCI and GFI Wiring Diagrams

The features and benefits of GFCI outlets and receptacles will give you a clear understanding of the importance why these safety devices are required by code to help protect you and your family against accidental electrical shock hazards.
GFCI Wiring

Electrical Circuit Breakers

Home Electrical Circuit Breakers

A guide to home electrical circuit breakers and how they work to protect your electrical wiring. When properly installed, your home electrical wiring is protected by a circuit protection device.

Home Wiring
Home Wiring

Home Electrical Wiring

Basic Home Wiring Diagrams with Pictures

How to Wire Electric Outlets

Wiring Electrical Outlets for the Home

Home electrical wiring includes 110 volt outlets and 220 volt outlets and receptacles which are common place in every home. See how wiring electrical outlets for the home are done.

Home Electrical Safety
Electrical Safety

Home Electrical Safety

Electrical Safety Articles covering several topics of Home Electrical Safety and Do-It-Yourself Electrical Safety.
And a new approach to keep kids and electricity apart with hopes to prevent children from being injured by electricity.

Rewire a Home
Rewiring a Home

Rewiring a Home

Great ideas for home electrical rewiring that will add value to your home and bring it up to the current safety and energy efficient electrical codes.
Electrical Rewiring
Wiring Electrical Codes

The following may also be helpful for you:

electrical wiring book

A Complete Guide to Home Electrical Wiring

Be sure to get your copy of my BIG Book:
Perfect for Homeowners, Students and Electricians
Home Electrical Wiring - Room by Room
120 Volt Circuits
240 Volt Circuits
Multi-Wired Circuits
Wiring Methods for Installing Home Electrical Circuit Wiring
Electrical Codes for Home Electrical Wiring
....and much more.

Be Careful and Be Safe - Never Work on Energized Circuits!
Consult your Local Building Department about Permits and Inspections for all Electric Wiring Projects.

More articles about Electrical Wiring and Home Electrical Wiring:

« Previous Next »

Adding Electrical Wiring in the Home Videos

Why a Light Fixture May Not Be Working