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Just because you live in an old house doesn't mean you have to live with old electrical outlets. Dated outlets are not only ill-equipped to handle modern-day appliances, but they may not even be grounded, which puts you at greater risk of electrical shock. If you turn off the power first, it's okay to replace a grounded outlet. On the other hand, if you want to install a grounded outlet where none was before, consult an experienced electrician.
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