Indiana DHS Actions Lower Public Safety
Indiana's Electrical Advisory Committee completed a review of the entire 2008 National Electrical Code® proposed rules the added safety benefits of Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs), Tamper Resistant Receptacles (TRRs) and the expansion of Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) personnel protection.
Ignoring this input from the Electrical Advisory Committee, the State of Indiana's Department of Homeland Security deleted from the proposed rules provisions for AFCIs, TRRs and the expansion of GFCI because these provisions had a "perceived" large fiscal impact on the citizens of Indiana. The State's reasoning for this action was that it was done in order to obtain approval from the State's Budget Agency.
If this legislation moves forward, Indiana will fall towards the bottom of the country in terms of electrical safety. Further, Indiana will be the ONLY State in the country to NOT have any "AFCI" protection in residential construction.
05-11-2009 2:13 PM