Breaker Panel Safety

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1 month 2 weeks ago #18 by Jason
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I just learned something from an Electrical Engineer that I hadn't heard before. I knew one part of the procedure for turning a breaker box back on, but I didn't know another critical part. Before turning back on the main breaker, you are supposed to turn all off all the sub breakers. Once all the breakers are off, turn on the main, and then turn on the subs one at a time. That I knew. What I didn't know was that you should also turn your face and body away from the breaker box when turning on the main. Evidently a flash is possible, and this is a good extra precautionary measure.
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4 weeks 1 day ago #21 by Brad
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One additional item... is to inspect the sub-breakers before turning them OFF and note any that are already tripped. Those circuits may have an issue when you turn them back on.

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3 weeks 13 hours ago #24 by April
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Another thing to add... If you have a down power line and your power has been shut off, do not count on it staying off. The power company has automatic circuit protections that may detect a line issue and shut the power off. These same automatic circuit protectors that shut the power off, may reset and turn the power back on. What is off, always has the potential for coming back on.

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