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 receptacles protections.

AFCIs, GFCIs, and tamper-resistant receptacles work effectively to detect dangerous electrical problems in the home and prevent electrical fires.  I realize budget times are bad, but does Indiana really want the distinction of being the only state in the country to not have AFCI protection?  I don't think so – Indiana homeowners, like homeowners in every other state across this nation, deserve the safest homes possible.

I hope this legislation – and not my loved ones' homes – goes down in flames.

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