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Homes built between 1950 and 1990 are often equipped with Federal Pacific breaker boxes. Breaker boxes are designed to protect your home from the risk of fire from overloaded circuits. When a circuit becomes overloaded (i.e. more electricity running through one circuit than it is designed to handle), the breaker cuts off the power to the circuit before it can become overheated and cause a fire.

Federal Pacific breaker boxes were equipped with Stab-Loc circuit breakers, which have been shown through multiple tests to be unreliable. It is estimated that one in four of these breakers are defective. An estimated 2,800 electrical fires each year are attributed directly to Fed-Pac breaker boxes.

If you own a home or are considering purchasing a home with a Federal Pacific breaker box, make upgrading your electrical panel a priority. Check out this information from Angie’s List on upgrading your electrical panel.


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