The codes and standards established by the National Fire Protection Association are the underlying systems that keep our homes and communities safe. The National Electrical Code, which is updated every three years, provides the minimum standard for safe electrical installations.

Code Approved Emergency Disconnects

  1. Service Disconnect
  2. Meter Disconnect
  3. Listed disconnect switches or circuit breakers on the supply side of each device disconnect suitable for use as service equipment

Section 230.85 of the 2020 National Electrical Code requires homes to have outdoor emergency disconnects, allowing first responders to safely respond to emergencies without the risk of electrical hazards from the home

Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters Can Prevent Electrical Fires from Occurring

The National Electrical Code requires AFCI protection for 15- and 20-amp circuits that serve outlets and devices in all areas of new residential construction, excluding bathrooms, garages, and outside areas. According to the CPSC, AFCIs can prevent 50% of electrical fires.

Smoke Alarms

Remember to:

  • Test smoke alarms monthly
  • Change battery yearly
  • Replace alarm every 10 years