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Kentucky Home Builders Kill Electrical Safety Bill Despite Overwhelming Public Support

Television viewers in Louisville overwhelmingly believe new homes built in Kentucky should require electrical safety features that help prevent fires and protect children from severe shock and burns, according to an online poll by Louisville television station WHAS-11.The poll was conducted after the Home Builders Association of Kentucky (HBAK) managed to persuade the Kentucky Board of Housing, Buildings and Construction to reverse its earlier unanimous decision to adopt the 2008 National Electric Code.  HKAK objected to the requirements in the 2008 NEC, which expands the use of arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs), an electronic form of circuit breaker designed to detect and prevent home electrical fires, and requires the installation of tamper proof receptacles that prevent children from sticking items into the slots of electrical outlets.  Ninety percent of respondents responded "yes" to the question, "Do you think electrical safety features should be required for new homes?"  Some of the comments left by respondents include:

"I feel that the department of building and housing is taking a MAJOR step backwards in fire safety and shock safety...saving a few dollars does not account for someone losing their life." 

"Some people, regardless of facts and statistics, continue to close their eyes and minds to these important fire and life safety features."

"If it just saves one life, it's worth it...It seems like everything is coming down to money, not safety."

"It is amazing to what extent the Home Builders Association will go to fight Safety."

Kentucky fire chiefs, safety experts and the public all agree that the 2008 NEC would be a big step forward in electrical safety.  How could the Kentucky Board of Housing, Buildings and Construction ignore them?  Is saving a few dollars worth the inevitable loss of life?


Posted 12-05-2008 9:14 AM by Gerard Winstanley

Comments

Anonymous wrote re: Kentucky Home Builders Kill Electrical Safety Bill Despite Overwhelming Public Support
on 06-04-2009 9:53 AM

I think it is ridiculous to require tamper proof receptacles what happened to parents being responsible for their kids.  Arc fault breakers are way to expensive and i would like to know how many deaths there are that could have been prevented if we had arc fault breaker protection in the entire house.  at some point people need to take responsiblity for their own lives.

Commercial Electrical Contractor wrote re: Kentucky Home Builders Kill Electrical Safety Bill Despite Overwhelming Public Support
on 09-02-2009 5:08 AM

Wiring with qualified electricians helps to avoid unwanted damages.

Prevention is better than cure!

Licensed Electrician wrote re: Kentucky Home Builders Kill Electrical Safety Bill Despite Overwhelming Public Support
on 09-15-2009 4:04 AM

Each home requires an electrician but finding an expert electrician who can resolve the question proposed for solution is very tough.

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