Electrical Panel Safety – The Electrical Panel

Inside Electric Service Panel. Fuse/Getty Images

Your homes electrical system operates like a humans body; circuits and wires carry electricity throughout the home like veins and arteries carry blood to organs and limbs. Just like our blood keeps our bodies alive; electricity keeps our every day lives running – tv’s and lights on, our fridges humming and phones charged up. Your homes electrical panel is the heart of your house and without a properly working electrical panel, nothing electrical will work.
 
Your service panel is the connection between wires coming from the street and your home’s electric system. The service panel is the central distribution point that connects the service wire or service drop, which is the main wire coming from the outside into the house, to the exit wires that split off and service different parts of the house.
 
The electric service panel used to be called the “fuse box”, “fuse panel”, “circuit breaker panel”, or any number of other terms. Most homes today have what we call the electrical service panel, or simply, the electrical panel. It’s not literally the same thing, but it does provide the same function.
 
Some houses really do have a fuse box. It still applies to older homes. Older homes still have what is best called a fuse box because they have actual fuses which screw or pull in/out. Homes built between 1950 and 1965 may have these 60-ampere fuse boxes, often with 4 fuses. However, homes today have modern electrical service panels.
 
I found a great informational photo to help breakdown fuses and breakers.