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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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Tamper-Resistant Receptacle Requirements in 2008 NEC Adopted in 29 States

Tamper-Resistant Receptacle Requirements in 2008 NEC Adopted in 29 States

With 30 states having completed adoption processes for the 2008 National Electrical Code® (NEC), support for section 406.11, which requires tamper-resistant receptacles to be installed in new homes, has been overwhelmingly positive. Twenty-nine of the 30 states have adopted the 2008 NEC with the tamper-resistant Code intact. These include: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New…

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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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Georgia Officials Oppose Child Electric Safety Standards

Georgia Officials Oppose Child Electric Safety Standards

After building and legislative officials in nearly 20 states have embraced the 2008 National Electrical Code® (NEC) and its tamper-resistant receptacle requirement, some Georgia officials are turning their backs on better child electrical safety. In a baffling move during a July 24 public hearing, the Georgia State Codes Advisory Committee (SCAC) recommended to exclude Article 406.11, which requires all 125-volt,…

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