One of the most devastating things that can happen to a homeowner is a house fire. In an instant, fire can destroy all of your possessions, or worse, cause physical harm to you or your family. Unfortunately, if you have a Federal Pacific Stab-Lok Electrical Panel, you and your family might be at a higher risk for a house fire.
Common electrical devices in your home, such as electric ovens or clothes dryers all have the potential to overload or short circuit. When a device overloads or short circuits, a fuse or a circuit breaker in an electrical panel should be there to interrupt (or trip) the surge of electrical power, thus preventing the breakout of house fires. Independent studies have shown that this is not the case with Federal Pacific Stab-Lok Electrical Panels. In fact, Federal Pacific panels won’t trip at least 70 to 80 percent of the time.
In a New Jersey class action lawsuit, it was found the Federal Pacific has been violating the New York Consumer Fraud Act by knowingly selling electrical panels that don’t meet UL standards or regulations. Despite this lawsuit, Federal Pacific Stab-Lok Electrical Panels have still been installed in millions of American homes.
So, what can you do? It is important to check your electrical panel to see if it is a Federal Pacific Stab-Lok Electrical Panel. If it is, call a San Antonio electrician as soon as possible and let them know you need an electrical panel upgrade. It is also important to make sure your electrical panel, no matter the brand, receives regular maintenance. If you are unsure about the safety of your electrical panel, Texas Air Experts conducts free electrical home safety inspections and we can help you upgrade your electrical panel.
Make sure you and your family are safe and check on your electrical panel.