We are half way through the States adoption process for the 2008 National Electrical Code®. This code cycle has seen opposition has come from the beleaguered home builders on two issues – expanded use of Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) and tamper proof outlets. The home builders claim that the additional cost for these devices will hurt an already depressed industry.
The half time report is in with 28 states having completed their adoption processes. For AFCIs 23 states chose to adopt the NEC 2008 requirements. Three states, which did not have any AFCI requirements previously, have moved to NEC 2005 requirements for AFCIs in bedrooms. So who is in the cellar? Indiana has the dubious distinction of being the only state having no AFCI requirements whatsoever.
Key players in persuading the states to adopt NEC 2008 without changes have been local representatives of the National Association of State Fire Marshals, the National Electrical Contractors Association, a codnsumer organizations as well as The Electrical Safety Foundation International. Support these groups as they work to encourage the remaining states to adopt the NEC 2008.
For more information on AFCIs see: AFCISafety.org.