NFPA's Michael Fontaine marvels at new brewery's electrical systems

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Oct 10, 2013

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As one of NFPA's senior electrical engineers, Michael Fontaine has a hand in developing the codes and standards that safeguard facilities from electrical hazards. (He's NFPA's staff liaison for NFPA 70E®, +Electrical Safety in the Workplace®,+ and NFPA 70B, +Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance.+) On a recent tour of the new Smuttynose brewery in Hampton, New Hampshire, he got a taste of the electrical ingenuity that went into keeping such hazards at bay.

The +Hampton Union +highlighted Fontaine's tour of the brewery, which is set to open by the end of the year. For instance, he was shown the safety features of the facility's electrical switchboard, including a unique labeling system for power distribution and information on protective gear. Fontaine was also pleased with the stainless steel enclosures that waterproof electrical equipment and the installation of ground-fault circuit interrupters. "There's real nice features here for protecting people," he told the Hampton Union. "Real nice features."


Take your own tour of the facility by reading the article.</p>