Although an electrical panel can be put in a storage room, the National Electrical Code imposes certain restrictions: 1 According to NEC 110.26, there must be a clear working space 30" wide by 36" deep in front of the panel (A). 2 According to NEC 110.26, no storage is permitted in the clear working space (B). 3 The storage area cannot have a ceiling lower than 12 inches (C). 4 The storage area should be completely enclosed except for one door which must be self-closing and auto-latching (D). 5 The door into the storage area must be large enough for a person to enter or exit safely (E). 6 The entrance into the storage area must be free of all hazards such as sharp corners, loose boards, or heavy objects that could injure a person's feet or legs.
An electrical panel can be placed in a storage room. However, it must comply with the requirements of Chapter 110 of the National Electric Code. These requirements include having at least 30" of clear working space in front of the panel and no storage in this clear working space. The storage area cannot have a ceiling lower than 12 inches and should be completely enclosed except for one door which must be self-closing and auto-latching. The code requires that the entrance into the storage area be safe for people to enter or exit. This means that there can be no sharp corners or other hazards inside the storage area that might cause injury if someone were to trip over them while walking through the room.
An electrical panel cannot be installed in any compact space that does not provide for adequate working space. Breaker boxes must have at least 30" of unobstructed working area on all sides. The National Electrical Code requires a distance of at least 36" between any two terminals of the same circuit.
Electricity is transmitted to homes and businesses through power lines. These lines contain two conductors, one carrying a positive voltage, the other a negative voltage. Electricity flows from one conductor to the other through anything attached to them. If you touch these lines you will get a serious shock. Even if you don't contact any part of the line, if you lean against it or put a metal object near it, you could still receive a shock by being "grounded" to the line.
Power lines need to be kept away from buildings in order to prevent people from coming into contact with them. This is especially important for high-voltage lines which can cause severe injury or death if contacted. Power lines should be at least 48 inches above ground level wherever they pass through property. Otherwise, you'll need to keep your eye on the weather forecast and cut back on watering your lawn during periods of heavy rain or strong winds.
In summary, electrical panels can be installed anyplace other than restrooms, closets, stairwells, fire-rated partitions, or area separation walls as long as necessary operating clearances are given per NEC 110.26 and the enclosure type is appropriate for the purpose (i.e., NEMA 3R if exposed to weather). If you want to minimize the risk of electrical shock by people who will be working on or near the panel, install the panel in a protected, enclosed location away from common areas.
Electrical panels can be installed in many different locations within your home. As long as you follow some basic safety guidelines it should not cause an undue hazard for children or pets. The best place for an electrical panel depends on several factors such as room size, layout, etc. But generally speaking, it's good practice to position them out of reach behind furniture or inside cabinets where small children cannot get to them easily. A location that is hard to access may help prevent someone from trying to work on the panel when it's not supposed to be touched.
Panels should be located as far away as possible from heat sources such as radiators and ovens. This will reduce the risk of overheating which could lead to a fire. Make sure that circuit breakers controlling appliances in these areas are in good working order and replace them if they aren't. Don't use extension cords to reach equipment located outside of normal house wiring; this opens up opportunities for accidents to happen.