Federal Pacific Breaker Panel
As a licensed electrician in the Warwick area, B&K Electric has been helping residents of Cranston and all of Rhode Island with their electrical needs for over seventeen years. We understand the importance of keeping our community safe and informed, which is why we are discussing the potential risks associated with Federal Pacific breaker panels and why it is essential to have them checked and potentially replaced by a professional.
The Dangers of Federal Pacific Breaker Panels
To fully understand the risks associated with these panels, it is essential to first understand how they work. A breaker panel is the central hub for all electrical wiring in a property. It is designed to detect and prevent overloading by tripping when too much current flows through it. This helps protect the property and its occupants from electrical fires and other hazards.
However, Federal Pacific breaker panels have been found to have significant design flaws that can potentially put homes and businesses at risk. These panels were designed with a stablok system, which involves breakers that connect to the panel through a clip instead of screws. This design has been found to lead to issues such as breakers failing to trip, causing the panel to overheat and potentially causing an electrical fire.
In a study conducted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), it was found that up to 60% of Federal Pacific breaker panels failed to trip when overloaded. This is a significant concern for homeowners and business owners alike, as it indicates a high risk of electrical fires and other hazards.
The Problem In Cranston, Providence, Rhode Island
Cranston and Providence, Rhode Island, are home to many properties that were built between the 1950s and 1980s, making it highly likely that there are still Federal Pacific breaker panels present in these areas. The potential danger of these panels is magnified in older homes and buildings, as the electrical system may not have been updated to handle modern demands. This can put them at even higher risk for overloading and other electrical hazards.
It is crucial for homeowners and business owners in these areas to be aware of the potential risks associated with Federal Pacific breaker panels and take action to ensure the safety of their property and its occupants.
What To Do If You Have a Federal Pacific Breaker Panel
If your property was built between the 1950s and 1980s, it is essential to have an experienced and licensed electrician check your breaker panel for any signs of a Federal Pacific panel. Signs may include breakers that are labeled Stab-Lok or have the name Federal Pacific, as well as panels with a red and black plastic cover.
If your panel is found to be a Federal Pacific panel, it is highly recommended to have it replaced by a professional. This is not a task that should be attempted by the homeowner, as it requires extensive knowledge and training to ensure the safety of the property and its occupants. At B&K Electric, we specialize in electrical panel maintenance and installation and will ensure that your property is equipped with a modern and safe breaker panel.
The Importance of Regular Electrical Maintenance
In addition to checking your breaker panel for potential hazards, it is also crucial to have regular electrical maintenance performed on your property. This can help identify any potential issues before they become dangerous and ensure that your property is up to code.
Having a licensed electrician perform a thorough electrical inspection can help give homeowners and business owners peace of mind, knowing that their property is safe and up to date. It is also essential to have any necessary repairs or replacements done by a professional, as improper wiring or installation can also lead to hazards and fires.
Trust B&K Electric with Your Electrical Needs
At B&K Electric, our family-owned and operated business is rooted in community and customer service. We understand the importance of keeping our community safe and informed, which is why we are dedicated to providing top-quality electrical services to our clients in Cranston, Warwick, and all of Rhode Island.
If you have concerns about your breaker panel or need any other electrical services, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our team of experienced and licensed electricians will be happy to assist you and ensure the safety of your property. Don’t take any chances when it comes to your home or business – trust B&K Electric to provide reliable and professional services for all your electrical needs.