As a Cincinnati homeowner, you expect the electrical products throughout your home are safe to use. If your home is equipped with a Federal Pacific Electric panel containing Stab-Lok breakers, a major defect has turned this equipment into a major fire hazard for families.
The function of a breaker
A breaker’s function is to prevent short circuits, overloaded circuits, and the intrusion of outside electrical surges. When the breaker detects any of these issues, it should trip, cutting off power to the circuit. When the breaker does not work properly, fires can occur.
Defective breakers a fire hazard
Safety testing performed over the last three decades has shown that one in four Stab-Lok breakers do not properly trip. The Consumer Product Safety Commission investigated the panels and breakers in 1983, yet did not issue a product recall, citing budgetary issues; millions more panels continued to be installed in homes across the country.
These defective breakers can cause electrical panel fires when they fail to trip and stop overload, short circuit, or surge issues; 2,800 fires annually result from the Federal Pacific Electric panel and breaker malfunctions.
Who is at risk?
Homes that were constructed from 1950 to 1990 may be equipped with Federal Pacific Electric panels that use Stab-Lok circuit breakers. You can likely tell if you have this model because the Federal Pacific Electric name or logo will be on the panel cover. If Stab-Lok circuit breakers are used, you’ll see the Stab-Lok name on the side of the panel or in its center; any intact breakers have a red stripe running across their front.
If you believe one of these panels is in use in your home, please call a licensed electrician right away to have it safely replaced.
If there is a Federal Pacific Electric panel in your home, don’t risk your family’s safety any longer – Nelson Comfort’s licensed electricians will upgrade your panel that is a safe choice for your electrical needs.