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Is your Business’ Electrical Box Safe?

If your business was built between 1950 and 1985, it is likely that it’s equipped with a Federal Pacific Electric Stab-Lok breaker panel. While these may have been acceptable a few decades ago, there have been many issues that have been brought to light with this company’s electrical boxes. Faulty systems and breakers failing to trip when needed have led to many lawsuits and safety hazards over the last few years. Therefore, as we take a closer look at the threats these electrical boxes cause, ensure your laundry business is secured with an iron-clad FabriCare Advantage Insurance Program to mitigate risk and financial responsibility.

The Stab-Lok panels are associated with several problems related to the breakers not tripping and issues with internal connections on the busbars; further, the Consumer Product Safety Commission looked into many problems in 1982 with these breakers not tripping properly according to UL testing requirements, according to HSB. Unfortunately, testing has demonstrated that these boxes do not follow trip requirements and they often get stuck in the “on” position. As this feature is critical in preventing fires from overheated electrical boxes, this poses a significant safety threat.

Stab-Lok has not been in business for years, however, a class action suit was filed in New Jersey in 2002. It was determined that the company committed fraud knowing the breakers did not meet safety requirements upon installation and placing UL labels on them as a false authorization. As an independent testing facility such as UL is required to verify the breakers, they violated the National Electric Code.

Because of this, if your business has a Stab-Lok electric box, it must be replaced immediately with a newer and safer model. Enlist the assistance of a certified and licensed electrical contractor to ensure the new installation is up to code and is not at risk for potentially starting a fire in your business.

At Irving Weber Associates, we have a unique understanding of the drycleaning industry. Our specialty programs offer protection to financially secure your business in the best way possible to ensure your success. For more information, contact our experts today at (855) 764-7406.