Aluminum Electrical Wiring Advice for Renters and Tenants
ALUMINUM WIRING RENTAL HOME ADVICE - CONTENTS: Renters and Tenants safety advice for aluminum-wired homes. If your rental home has solid conductor aluminum wiring branch circuits (household circuits) here are 9 safety tips. What to tell the landlord. How to make your aluminum wired rental home or apartment safe.
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Aluminum electrical wiring advice for renters:
Advice for people renting a home or apartment where aluminum electrical wiring is installed:
Here we provide immediate safety advice for occupants of rented apartments, homes, or condominiums where solid conductor aluminum electrical wiring has been installed.
See if you have aluminum wiring (solid conductor branch circuit) installed in your home. Aluminum wiring identification tips are provided
at ALUMINUM WIRING, HOW TO RECOGNIZE.
Look for signs of aluminum wiring failure, such as flickering lights, odors of burning plastic at switches or receptacles, outlets or switches that are warm to the touch, charred or sparking receptacles or switches, but be aware that overheating may have occurred or be occurring without an easy to spot sign in the occupied space; See U.S.
CPSC Aluminum Wiring - CPSC Publication #516 for other trouble signs.
Turn off the circuit(s) involved in these signs of trouble and call a licensed electrician who is familiar with aluminum wiring hazards and proper repair methods.
The immediate safety step to take is to Install smoke detectors at locations recommended by your local building officials or fire department. Sample smoke detector locations are also provided on instructions that come with the smoke detector.
In the event of smoke or a fire from any cause whatsoever, exit the building, notifying others to do so as well, and call the fire department from outside the building.
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 "Record of Commission Action, Commissioners Voting by Ballot", CPSC Publication No. 516, Repairing Aluminum Wiring (original version op.cit.), (Briefing package dated March 15, 2011), Quoting: The Commission voted unanimously (5-0)·to approve republication of CPSC Publication No. 516, Repairing Aluminum Wiring, with the explicit recognition that the COPALUM and AlumiConn connectors currently are the only products that meet the agency's standards to prevent aluminum wire fire hazards Copy on file as /aluminum/Pub516_Alumi_Conn.pdf
 Dr. Jess Aronstein, firstname.lastname@example.org is a research consultant and an electrical engineer in Schenectady, NY. Dr. Aronstein provides forensic engineering services and independent laboratory testing for various agencies. Dr. Aronstein has published widely on and has designed and conducted tests on aluminum wiring failures, Federal Pacific Stab-Lok electrical equipment, and numerous electrical products and hazards. See ALUMINUM WIRING BIBLIOGRAPHY and see FPE HAZARD ARTICLES, STUDIES for examples.
 "The Influence of Corrosion Inhibitor and Surface Abrasion on the Failure of Aluminum-Wired Twist-on Connections",
Aronstein, J.; Campbell, W.,
Components, Hybrids, and Manufacturing Technology, IEEE Transactions on
Volume 7, Issue 1, Mar 1984 Page(s): 20 - 24
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for suggesting clarification to this topic 08/09
 Personal communication, Email, P. King to D Friedman, 3/10/2012 [copy on file AlumiConn_PK120310.pdf].
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