Electrical Fire Risks in Old Homes


Insurance Institute of BC, #1110 - 800 W. Pedner Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 2V6 [Map]
Date and Time: March 06, 2019 8:45am - 12:00pm PST


Electrical fires in older homes continue to be a concern within our industry. This interactive seminar will explore predominant electrical fire hazards in older homes and provide solutions to mitigate these risks. Through case studies, you will examine where electrical fire hazards are commonly present in older houses and provide new cost-effective solutions to reduce electrical fire risks.


  • Identify predominant fire hazards in older homes & indicators of high risk homes
  • Learn about amps, service size, knob-and-tube and aluminum wiring
  • Examine a typical older house and the fire hazards that are likely to be found 
  • Identify new changes in residential electrical codes to make houses safer


Brian Cook, President, PowerCheck Electrical Safety Services has an in-depth knowledge of electrical systems and electrical fire hazards in older buildings and is keenly interested in electrical safety. He is a licensed electrical contractor and a registered Electrical Field Safety Representative. His expertise is founded on 36 years of experience in the electrical field. He has authored post-secondary curricula on electrical systems for BCIT and has lectured on electrical safety at the University of British Columbia. He has had numerous articles and papers on electrical safety published and has extensive experience lecturing at UBC. Mr. Cook is the proud recipient of the 2013 BC Safety Authority - Lieutenant Governor Safety Award.

QUESTIONS |As this is an interactive session, attendees are encouraged to submit questions prior to the seminar. Please email these questions to Winnie Hon at whon@insuranceinstitute.ca

Number of Continuing Education Credits:  3 Technical
Please be aware that tardy arrival or early departure to/from the seminar will preclude IIBC from issuing a CE certificate for this seminar.

Registration Deadline: Monday, March 4 

Fees: The price for this seminar includes coffee service, light snacks and GST.
$125 IIBC Members
$205 Non-Members - IIBC Membership Fee of $80 (expiring May 31, 2020 ) is applicable. Please register manually.

Corporate Rate: $105 per attendee for groups of 6 or more (membership is additional for non-members). To register with a corporate rate, please contact Winnie at whon@insuranceinstitute.ca .

Manual Registration: Please download and complete our Manual Registration Form [pdf]  and return it via email to Winnie at whon@insuranceinstitute.ca

Cancellation Policy: No Refunds. Participant substitutions accepted 48 hours prior to seminar (substitute must be current member). IIBC reserves the right to cancel the seminar due to unforeseen circumstances. Should this occur, registration fees will be refunded.