Federal Pacific Electrical PanelSometimes things seem to come in waves, and this last week the waves that found me seemed to all be about unsafe electrical panels in homes which are either risky or potentially risky.  I read a home inspection report for a house with a Federal Pacific Electric Company (FPE) panel that encouraged home owners to replace that type because of the risk of fire.  Then I met with a potential seller client who was aware of a fire on his block due to a panel failure and was experiencing issues with his Zinsco electrical panel which seemed dangerous.

Tonight I happened to find a website which discussed both the Zinsco and FPE panels.  This site includes photos of what happens when one of these electrical panels fails.

http://www.ismypanelsafe.com/fpe.aspx

For safety’s sake, please go check the type of panel you have, and sub panel too, if there is one. DO NOT attempt to pull off the dead front (the part which is gray in the image to the right) – only a licensed, qualified electrician should do that.

If you have a Federal Pacific Electric Company or Zinsco panel, you may want to investigate replacing it.  Ditto that for an outdated panel.  Please do some research on this topic if you have one of these panels in your home, especially. It may not be universally believed that they should be replaced but this is something to check out, at the very least, if you have one of these in your home.

A friend of mine, who’s a Realtor in the Buffalo-Niagara area of New York, wrote about this awhile ago, particularly in regard to the FPE Stab-Lok panel.  For more information, please also read her blog post:
http://bestbuffalohomes.com/federal-pacific-electrical-panel/

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