It is not unusual for jurisdictions to amend the safety codes that they adopt, sometimes for overstated financial reasons and sometimes as a result of anecdotal accounts of operational problems. But what happens when the amendments reduce the level of safety the code is designed to supply? The simple answer: Someone can die.
In his latest NFPA Journal column, "Cautionary Tale," Jeff Sargent tells us what happened to one young boy when a local amendment to the National Electrical Code® exempted receptacles installed in garages and on the outside of homes from the requirement that they be provided with ground-fault circuit-interrupter protection.
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