FEDERAL PACIFIC OR
FPE STAB LOK
Federal Pacific Electric (FPE)
was a popular manufacturer of panel boards and circuit breakers for
many years. They are very common in the North Texas area. For years, stories about the hazards and defects
related to this equipment have circulated. The panels have alleged
safety problems. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission closed
their review of the subject without taking a position.
staff advises electricians, homeowners, home inspectors and real
estate agents to read and interpret the following press release
carefully. The press release announces that the Commission closed
the matter without making a determination as to the safety of FPE
circuit breakers or the accuracy of the manufacturer’s position on
the matter. The Commission advises consumers to take the safety
precautions noted in this notice with all circuit breakers and
Texas Real Estate Commission has not taken a position.
to TREC: Is the inspector required to be report the mere
presence of an FPE panel as deficient? 2. Is the inspector required
to warn or advise of the alleged risks if TREC determines the panel
is not required to be reported as deficient?
answer: No. The standards of practice do not address this condition.