Is Your Electric Panel a Potential Fire Risk?

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Is Your Electric Panel a Potential Fire Risk?

If you are one of millions of Americans owning a Federal Pacific panel, you’ll want to be informed about its dangers. Between 1950 and 1980 Federal Pacific Electric Company provided one of the most common electric panels in North America. Millions of Federal Pacific panels were installed across the country, with many still found today. Through the years, it has been found that these Stab-Lok® panels failed to provide proper protection to the home.

 

So, what’s the big deal? Well… I’m glad you asked. An expert who investigated the potential hazards stated that the FPE panels had failed to trip at a significantly higher rate than other panels. When a breaker fails to properly trip, a dangerous amount of power from the electrical supply can surge through a home, to the panel and circuits, creating a fire hazard. It was ruled by a New Jersey court, that Federal Pacific knowingly and purposefully distributed panels that did not meet UL standards, violating the consumer fraud act.

 

 

Most FPE panels will appear to perform properly for years, but are at risk for malfunction at any time, causing a life-threatening situation. It is recommended that anyone with an FPE panel have it replaced for peace of mind. A thorough inspection of your electrical system is always included with a comprehensive home inspection. Call GreenWorks to schedule an inspection that will help ensure the safety of your family.

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    2019-07-12T08:17:07+00:00Sep 14, 2018|GreenWorks Inspections|0 Comments