Missing Front Cover on Electrical Panel

The front cover, sometimes referred to as a dead-front cover, on an electrical panel covers all of the electrical wiring inside the panel. There may also be a “door” over the front cover that protects the panel from weather, etc.

If the front cover is missing then all of the wiring and electrical connections are exposed to human contact. Some of these parts are energized, and if touched can shock and even kill who ever touches them. So, having a missing front cover on an electrical panel is a problem. It should be corrected as soon as possible.

Electrical panel with a missing cover
This electrical panel is missing its cover.

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