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Can an electric panel be located in a closet?
Saturday, June 23, 2018
An electric panel is not allowed to be located in a clothes closet, and the logic is that the close proximity of flammable items is a hazard. Here’s how it is stated in the Florida Building Code (FBC, Residential Edition, and the International Residential Code (IBC):
It wasn’t always this way. The 1981 National Electrical Code (NEC) was the first edition of the code to ban panels in closets, so we still see electric panels in the corner of the closet in homes from the 1970s and earlier. But the panel will have to be moved when the homeowner replaces it to upgrade the service.
For a list of other locations where a panel should not be installed, go to our blog post Where are electrical breaker panels not allowed by code?
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