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Are these wire tabs around these breakers handle locks? I've never seen them before and they appear to lock the breaker in the "on" position. I can understand them for lockout protection when used in the "off" position, but this seem hazardous.

Or am I completely off and they're totally something else?

Thanks,

Kiel

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That's what I thought. Should they be removed? Will they prevent the breaker from tripping when on? It looks like it will?

I don't think so. The handle doesn't have to move to trip. You're just prevented from reseting it until you move it to the 'off' position.

Marc

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You can't prevent a breaker from tripping by holding the handle in the "on" position. Try it.

This!

They are used for critical circuits that should not be turned off for whatever reason, like alarms, smoke detectors, fire pumps, computers/servers, etc.

The breaker WILL definitely trip though.

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