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This document provides recommended home inspection report language to be used when the inspector observes the presence of a Federal Pacific Electric Stab-Lok® electric panel in a building. Building inspectors are permitted to use the suggested reporting language described above in printed reports.

Replacement FPE Stab-Lok® circuit breakers are unlikely to reduce the failure risk of this equipment. We recommend that residential FPE Stab-Lok® electrical panels be replaced entirely or the entire panel bus assembly be replaced, regardless of FPE model number or FPE year of manufacture. We do not sell circuit breakers nor any other products. 

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FPE Stab-Lok® Breaker or Panel Inspection Reports - Recommended Language

In building inspection reports of the condition of the electrical service panel I inform my clients as follows:

*** Safety Warning*** I have observed a Federal Pacific Electric "Stab-Lok® " service panel in the house. This panel is a latent fire hazard: it's circuit breakers may fail to trip in response to an overcurrent or a short circuit. Failure of a circuit breaker to trip can result in a fire, property damage, or personal injury.

A circuit breaker that may not trip does not afford the protection that is intended and required. Simply replacing the circuit breakers is not a reliable repair. The panel should be replaced, and significant expense may be involved. Additional information about the fire and shock hazards associated with this equipment can be read on the internet at



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