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. CPSC FPE
The CPSC states:
"CPSC 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 fuses."
The Texas Real Estate Commission has not taken a position.
Question 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?
TREC answer: No. The standards of practice do not address this condition.