Just as it’s important to keep up with recalls on toys, or child car seats, it’s also vitally important to know when something major on a home product has a recall. As example, in 2009*, homes built in 2004-2005 all had AFCI Breakers installed in the home. It turned out that the Square D breaker with a blue reset button was not detecting the electrical arc as it should, which is a hazard to residents.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission sent out an alert recalling that particular part. Home inspectors are given a list of safety guidelines and any product recall that are hazardous to a house. The most recent recalls posted via the CPSC website are gas fireplaces and “fireplace inserts due to explosion hazards,” another is a Dyson product recall.
As homeowner’s it is important to maintain the home, such as clear out the gutters during the year. In addition to checking for any loose shingles on the roof, walking around the home’s foundation looking for cracks, all of these are a small part of owning a home. The other part is keeping track of consumer product recalls that could be a safety risk to you and your family.
One quick way of finding out if any of the electrical wiring is not up to safety standards is to have a 4-point inspection. It is not necessary to have all the four major systems inspected, you can elect to have one of the major systems inspected instead of all of them, which saves on costs.
Too often, people get an inspection at the time of a purchase and then forget about the service. However, choosing to have a routine home inspection every five years or so assures you that your home is still safe to live in.