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Big Win for Electrical Safety

Big Win for Electrical Safety

This piece was originally published in the March 2017 issue of electroindustry. Don Iverson, Midwest Field Representative, NEMA The Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC), a committee under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is responsible for maintaining and updating Document 3280, the standard to which manufactured homes are built. NEMA Midwest Field Representative Don Iverson represented NEMA on…

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Smart Receptacle’s time has come

Smart Receptacle’s time has come

The High Performance Building is coming along quite well technologically.  New ideas and products show up like mushrooms after the rain.  One product area where we’ll definitively see improvements is the good old receptacle and its matching plug.  In addition to already familiar functions like GFCIs for personal protection we’ve seen recently product proposals offering several additional benefits: Safety Thermal…

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AFCI’s – A Little Opposition Can be Good

AFCI’s – A Little Opposition Can be Good

Each cycle of State adoptions of the National Electrical Code ® tends to focus on a couple of key changes in the NEC.  For NEC 2008 those key changes are Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) and tamper proof receptacles.  Surprisingly this is having significant benefits for the electrical industry. Opposition to these devices has come from state home builders associations…

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Stay Fire Smart! Don’t Get Burned

Stay Fire Smart! Don’t Get Burned

October 4-10 is Fire Prevention Week, and this year's theme is "Stay Fire Smart! Don't Get Burned."  Sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the focus of this year's Fire Prevention Week activities is on burn awareness and prevention, as well as keeping homes safe from the leading causes of home fires.  Last Friday, President Obama signed a proclamation designating Fire Prevention…

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A Year in the Life of the CPSC

A Year in the Life of the CPSC

On August 14, 2008, former President George W. Bush signed into law the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-314), landmark legislation to reauthorize and strengthen the the CPSC. At the time, the CPSC was operating with a two-member quorum comprised of one Republican appointee, Commissioner Nancy Nord, and one Democratic appointee, Commissioner Thomas Moore.  The small…

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NEC 2008 – Half time report

NEC 2008 – Half time report

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…

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Hoosiers Misfire…on Electrical Safety

Hoosiers Misfire…on Electrical Safety

As a born-and-bred Hoosier, I'm generally proud of my home state and the common-sense values the people of Indiana hold.  But when I read NEMA Field Representative Don Iverson's report on Indiana's adoption of the 2008 Nationel Electrical Code, I was dismayed to learn that the state's Department of Homeland Security decided to compromise on electrical safety by recommending the…

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Electrical Safety – Ohio Back on Track.

Electrical Safety – Ohio Back on Track.

Common sense won the day as the Ohio Board of Building Standards voted for a second time to adopt the 2008 National Electrical Code (NEC) on December 12th .  This cleared up a confused year in which Governor Stickland succumbed to pressure from the Home Builder's Association of Ohio and signed an emergency order reversing the board's earlier approval of…

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Kentucky Home Builders Kill Electrical Safety Bill Despite Overwhelming Public Support

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…

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Life and Property at Risk in Clash over Code Adoption

Life and Property at Risk in Clash over Code Adoption

The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) has learned that Ohio Governor Ted Strickland will be presented with an Emergency Order to annul the recent state adoption of the 2008 National Electrical Code by the Board of Building Standards. ESFI encourages residents of Ohio to call the governor's office to let him know they support the life-saving and fire-preventing measures included…

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