NFPA Journal addresses adding electrical receptacles in hospitals

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Dec 3, 2013

B9EF12C2F9D245A78AB8EAE2745C3C3ERevisions to the 2014 editions of NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code® (NEC®), and NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code, address the need for more receptacles for medical apparatus in hospitals to help reduce the use of  portable, multi-outlet devices such as power strips, which are often used improperly, according to NFPA's Jeffrey Sargent. In general-care spaces, the number of receptacles required has increased from four to eight, and in critical-care spaces, the requirement has increased from six to 14.The new NEC also increases the receptacle requirement for operating rooms. Read Jeff's column "Outlet Input" in the November/December issue of NFPA Journal for more information on these important code changes.