Electrical hazards result in thousands of residential and commercial accidents each year. 30,000 home fires, 200 deaths, nearly 1,000 injuries, and over $600 million in property damage are associated with electric wiring, according to the National Fire Protection Association, and according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, account for 20 percent of electrocutions. Failure of a home to be up to the current electrical code is often to blame.
First published in 1897, the National Electric Code (NEC) is the nation’s singular code for safe electrical installation. Prepared under the direction of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the NEC sets electrical code standards for safe electrical design, installation, and inspection to protect people and property from electrical hazards.
Updates are made to the NEC’s electrical code and updated every three years to safeguard people and buildings by minimizing accidents and fire hazards resulting from the use of electricity. The 2014 NEC is the most current edition.
Did you know that requirements for GFCI protection, which stops the flow of electrical current and prevents circuit breakers from tripping during a detected imbalance, have reduced the number of electrical shock incidents as GFCI requirements have been expanded over the years? Being uninformed on electrical code updates such as this creates a needless risk, endangering lives and property.
Because of the intricacies and often extensive changes to NEC electrical code every three years, it is important to have a professional check your home for outdated wiring as new electrical code updates are released. You can trust the professionals at Mr. Electric to be thoroughly knowledgeable about the latest in electrical code updates, allowing them to:
Contact Walters Tristate Electric for an electrical safety check up today. In partnership with the Electrical Safety Foundation International, Walters Tristate Electric can ensure the safety of your home and family with the most up to date electrical code and safety information available.