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From NFPA Journal: An amended code, an unnecessary death

Blog Post created by RYAN QUINN Employee on Sep 23, 2014

B2EFB4D9C97249B387A22F48A118C58D.ashxIt 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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