Deadly breaker boxes common in Greater Cincinnati homes built from 1950s to 1980

Federal Pacific Electric box may be fire hazard

CINCINNATI – Many breaker boxes in older Greater Cincinnati homes may be fire hazards, the Journal-News reports.

The Federal Pacific Electric with Stab-Lok circuit breaker box is believed to have been responsible for thousands of house fires across the nation, including two in the Cincinnati suburbs of Wyoming and Finneytown.

That breaker can be found in homes built between the 1950s and the 1980, when Underwriters Laboratory pulled its certification.

“They’re scattered in houses all over the area,” said Paul Horn of Anthony Electrical Service in Middletown.

Depending on the size of the box, Horn said it could cost between $1,500 and $2,000 to replace.


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