What the NEC considers a hazard location and how do you know if you are in one.

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Many NEC users are surprised when I tell them that the NEC does not really provide the information necessary for classifying a hazardous location in Chapter 5. You want to be sure that you or your electrical equipment is not in a hazardous location by mistake. This paper gives an overview of things to consider before you attempt to use the NEC to classify a location.