With the end of the year upon us, it’s a fitting time to reflect on the state of safety in our industry, to evaluate where we are today, and consider what more we need to do in the new year ahead.

While your local municipality may not yet be using the 2020 NEC, these revisions will have an impact on the way residential kitchens are wired when it does become adopted.

Let’s look at an area of a commercial building that has many of the components that cause a dangerous and potentially deadly event just lying in wait – a commercial kitchen.

The month of May is National Electrical Safety Month, an initiative sponsored by Electrical Safety Foundation International.

Chances are you will have to perform some sort of calculation in order to apply the requirements of the NEC and provide that installation that safeguards people and property from the hazards that arise from the use of electricity.

Whether it’s a single strand of twinkling lights coiled around an apartment railing or a more complex programmed controller that syncs light displays to the season’s hottest songs, we still need to raise awareness about safety related to these temporary lighting displays.

Article 517 contains requirements to safeguard people and property from the hazards that electricity presents, but it also contains requirements for meeting the demand on the electrical system in a healthcare type occupancy.

As we honor National Electrical Safety Month this May, it’s a reminder that the same level of commitment to safety from electrical hazards is important every day. After all, lives are depending on our commitment to safety at work and home.

New requirements in Section 230.85 for emergency disconnecting means for one- and two-family dwelling units to help keep first responders safe from electrical hazards during emergencies.

GFCI is one area of NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code® (NEC®), that the electrical industry can count on learning something new each revision cycle.