The National Electric Code is a group of standards established by the National Fire Protection Association regarding safe electrical installation, wiring, and equipment in homes, commercial buildings, and other areas. The code, which is updated every three years, was developed to prevent electrical fires, electrical shocks, and other unsafe issues. The code is more than a restrictive document, however – it is also an instructive one.

One issue that people may be unaware of regarding the code is the need to ground fault current interrupter receptacles in all areas of the home where there may be water and electricity in close proximity — such as the bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room — in order to prevent electric shocks. Additionally, there should be no receptacles face-up on counter tops in those areas. If more than four receptacles are connected to a circuit, then a 20-amp circuit should be installed.

Other topics included in the code are surge protection devices, proper wiring methods and materials, the proper installation of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, smoke detectors and the need for hard wired alarms with battery back up in every bedroom and in hallways outside of sleeping areas, and much more. The code even covers safety issues regarding the safe installation of renewable energy systems.

Because the National Electric Code is only enforced in new construction or when major electrical upgrades are made, many Central Texas homes don’t meet the latest standards established by the code. Does yours? Jackson Electric can send a master electrician to your home to take a look and let you know if there are some safety issues that need to be addressed. Contact us for more information.