I don't understand where the doomsday talk about fires and new places to live is coming from. And where did anyone say the landlord wasn't willing to invest in the property?
Nothing doomsday about it. Studies show that majority of fires that have started due to electrical, are either due to overloaded systems, under maintained systems, older systems that no longer meet codes (ie what the OP has in their instance). As for the landlord, if the landlord cared, they would have brought the wiring up to current codes and kept it up to codes. When have you ever heard of a fire starting in a structure, due to the property owner maintained and kept the system up to code.
As for the OP moving, you have choices in life, and when you have a new family member coming into your life, you weigh your options. As for surviving the Summer, if it is cooler downstairs, you bring the child down to the cooler area, then the following year you either look for a new place if the property owner does not want to do the work, or you get them to compromise if willing, to start bringing the system up to more modern standards.
My guess is either you are a landlord or one of these people, that have never dealt with absentee property owners, nor probably have gone into a situation as a property owner, where you have had to bring the structure up to modern codes. So far I myself have had to do that to two properties.
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that majority of fires that have started due to electrical, are either due to overloaded systems, under maintained systems, older systems that no longer meet codes (ie what the OP has in their instance).