It has recently come to our attention at the REAC that we have inspectors recording a defect for an electrical hazard solely because the disconnect/timer/panel is not secured.

The intent of this defect is not to penalize the property for unsecured electrical devices, but rather to record the findings that present an electrical hazard when left unsecured.

The definition states the following: “A cover is missing, which results in exposed visible electrical connections.”

If the electrical device is found to be unsecured, which requires inspection, a defect will be recorded only when bare electrical wiring or bare electrical connections exist.

If it has been your practice to record a defect solely because an electrical disconnect/timer/panel is unsecured you must cease this practice immediately.