Is Your Electrical Panel Labeled Correctly – guest blogger Dave Cobosco

Have you ever looked at the electrical panel diagram that is supposed to be labeled and either nothing was labeled or it hadn’t been updated recently so that the information is incorrect.  Many of us have had this experience.  Thanks for reminding us how important this is.    Joan Parcewski  Woods Real Estate Billerica

It is important that homeowners undertake the job of identifying electrical circuits in their homes.  This effort will save valuable time in the event of an emergency situation or even when performing normal home maintenance.  Even if the panel circuits have been previously labeled, it is best to double check to be sure of proper identification.  This is a great project to do with one of your children who is home for the summer and is complaining about being, “bored.”




How to identify the electrical circuits


  1. Assign a number to each circuit breaker in the electrical panel.
  2. Draw the floor plan of your home recording the location of outlets and light switches.
  3. Solicit the help of one of your children or a friend to assist you so you can remain at the electrical panel and your assistant moves throughout the house.  The ability of the two people to communicate easily (cell phone, text)  will greatly reduce the time required.  One person can do this job, but it requires a lot trips to and from the electrical panel.  Good exercise, but time consuming.
  4. Start by checking whatever labeling might already be done.  For example if a circuit breaker is labeled kitchen, have your assistant go to the kitchen and verify all lights and outlets work.  A night light is a good way to verify outlets.  Once everything is verified, turn off the circuit breaker and ask your assistant what no longer works.  Record a description of what lights and outlets are controlled by that circuit breaker.
  5. Repeat step 4 for each circuit breaker until all outlets and lights are accounted for.




Remember, these tips are only general guidelines. Since each situation is different, contact a professional if you have questions about a specific issue. More home safety and maintenance information is available online at Or contact:




Dave Cobosco




409 Middlesex Turnpike


Billerica, MA  01821


C:  508-479-1773


O:  866-313-7732

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