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Creating Electric Code Compliance

There are some things in your home you should only allow true professionals to work with.

The electrical system is one of them.

The National Electric Code (NEC) is published by the US National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 70) and sets the standards for the safe installation of electrical wiring and equipment. While the NEC itself is not a US law, it is commonly mandated throughout the US and in many other jurisdictions, codifying the requirements for safe electrical installations into a single, standardized source.

Local jurisdictions and code enforcement boards inspect for compliance with these minimum standards in mind. They may also make necessary changes and upgrades depending on changes to state law, local climate, and building standards.

Guidelines are based on safety and security.

In bathrooms:

  • Only GFCI (ground fault current interrupter) receptacles can be installed
  • There must be a receptacle within 3 feet of the outside edge of a sink basin
  • Face up receptacles are not allowed on countertops
  • Because bathrooms often run high wattage devices like hair dryers, the receptacles must be installed with a 20 amp GFCI protected circuit separate from the lighting

Creating Electric Code Compliance

In kitchens:

  • All countertop receptacles must be GFCI protected
  • All countertop receptacles are responsible for protecting up to 24 inches of counter space. You should be able to use your appliances on any section of the countertop without use of extension cords. Exceptions can be made for islands or peninsulas where this is not possible.
  • There should be receptacles above all countertops that are 12 inches or wider
  • Face up receptacles are not allowed on countertops
  • Islands and peninsulas should have at lease one receptacle

General house requirements:

  • Wall receptacles should be placed at least every 12 feeton linear wall space
  • Receptacles should be placed on any wall more than 24 inches wide
  • There should be a receptacle within 6 inches of each side of a door opening
  • All receptacles in a residence should be tamper resistant for protection of children
  • Hallways with more than 10 feet in length must have at least one receptacle

To stay compliant, it is vital that any electrician you hire not only understands the state code for your location, but also stays up to date with changes made along the way.

When a certified electrician completes a comprehensive check, he is ensuring that all wiring, appliances, outlets, and breaker panels are up to code and meet all safety standards. An inspection provides you with an idea of what is safe, what needs improvement, and what has immediate danger. It provides an electrician with a baseline of your homes overall safety factor, and an idea of where to begin.

If anything is in violation or unsafe, it’s important to get them fixed immediately.

If your home has never had an inspection, or you haven’t had one in the past several years, it’s a good idea to schedule an inspection soon. It can alert you to possible dangers that could impact your family, and provide you with insight as to where to make improvements now.

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