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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 detection would turn off the current when the wire Read more [...]
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 who have often used their political connections to sway the decision of the state board responsible for setting Read more [...]
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 Week.  In his proclamation, the president highlighted Read more [...]
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 agency had fallen under attack for failing to fulfill its mission to protect the American people, Read more [...]
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 industry.   The half time report is in with 28 states having completed their adoption processes.  For Read more [...]
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 deletion of arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI), ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI), and tamper-resistant Read more [...]
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 the NEC 2008 and calling for public hearings. Fortunately those public hearings only strengthened the case for the Adoption of NEC 2008 Read more [...]
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 to reverse its earlier unanimous decision to adopt the 2008 National Electric Read more [...]
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 in the new electrical code. At issue are Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCI). AFCIs are advanced Read more [...]
Ohio at the forefront of electrical safety

Ohio at the forefront of electrical safety

Ohio’s recent adoption of the 2008 National Electrical Code® (NEC®) is a prime example of the state’s Board of Building Standards continuing to make home safety a top priority in the Buckeye State.  Unfortunately not everyone agrees. It appears that the Ohio Home Builders Association (OHBA) would prefer that the state operate using outdated electrical codes rather than heed the advice of a growing list of prominent fire and electrical safety groups that support the 2008 NEC® requirements.   Read more [...]