Whether it is a circuit breaker or a fuse box, your electrical panel needs proper labeling. Electrical panel labels are useful for times like renovation. But more than that, the difference between the two can be a thin line between safety and disaster when an electrical error happens. A short-circuit or power overload, for example, can cause a fire or even an explosion. Hence, switching the system off as immediately as possible is crucial in preventing the issue.
If your house is under construction, you can ask your electrical engineer to group the electrical system neatly and label the panel accordingly. But if your house is already established, yet there is no label on your electrical panel, here is a step-by-step guide to follow:
1. Number It Down
Give numbers to each breaker or fuse in the panel. Use a sticky note or small plain stickers, write the number, and paste it on each breaker or fuse.
The next step is to switch off all the breakers or fuses in the panel. Then, you switch one number on and check all the fixtures and outlets in your house. Write down every item that you can turn on, because that means they are connected to the breaker/fuse you switch.
Check your whole house once again. See if there are any fixtures or outlets that haven’t made it in the list. And then, once again, go through and test the breakers individually. Update your list accordingly.
4. Map It Up
If you have a floor plan drawing of your house, have a copy of it and label the position of each fixture and outlet based on the breaker number. The mapping should be easily readable and understandable because others might need it as well, such as technicians and firefighters.
5. Ask for Relocation if Needed
If you think the grouping of the breakers is too disorganized or inconvenient, call an electrician to renovate the wiring. Discuss with them how you wish the grouping to be. They might also have some professional suggestions for you to consider.
After feeling satisfied with the grouping, make the label for each breaker or fuse. Handwritten or computerized, the writings should be easy to read. Use permanent tint to prevent it from fading away too soon. If the mapping is necessary, glue it to the inner side of the cover or right on the side of the panel.
Making your electrical panel label may take time. But in the long run, it will bring you advantages and safety. If labeling your electrical panel seems to be too much of a job to do, you can simply ask an electrical technician to do it. The service will not be expensive because there is no intricate task to perform. You can even ask for extra service in rearranging the electrical grouping to make your breakers or fuses more neatly organized.
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