We highly recommend if you have Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) breakers, breaker boxes, load centers, or panel boards, that you get these replaced immediately. A breaker should trip when the box is overloaded but the FPE equipment has been proven to “lock on” during overload.
Have a professional check your wiring to ensure it is safe or give proper advice on replacement.
Do you have Knob and Tube wiring? This type of wiring is not only old and inefficient but it poses a serious fire hazard and can be an accident just waiting to happen. The demand for current was much lower back in the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s when this wiring was nstalled. Todays electrical demands are 100 times what they were 50 years ago.