What are the rules for floor outlets on a stage in a elementary school?
What is the electrical code in force, in your jurisdiction?
Hi Nick we are in Sussex County New Jersey northern end of the state I am
Also Nick these outlets have been in the floor for 35 plus years. Thanks
Ok what is the real question
Can they be there, yes
Can you replace them, maybe
Are they a hazard, maybe
So the real question is can they be uncovered or open, they use a metal
plug to cover the outlet. Which I'm sure you know. Is it permissible to
have them open for use at any time.and if you have an idea what the stature
number is that says they must be sealed when not in use if there is such an
animal. This plug is located on a stage. Thank you John
Sorry no code reference
I am thinking cover has to be in place when not in use
An informational note gives users of the Code direction to 314.27(B), which generally requires the use of boxes listed specifically for floor applications to be used for receptacles located in the floor.
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314.27 (B) Floor Boxes. Boxes listed specifically for this application shall be used for receptacles located in the floor. Exception: Boxes located in elevated floors of show windows and similar locations where the authority having jurisdiction judges them free from physical damage, moisture and dirt
I don't know what the rules are for your situation. Thanks for the post.
Professional stages use a recessed outlet box with an 'in use' type of cover. Further they are designed to lie flat on the floor so as not to be a hazard to people or gear. They can also take considerable weight as wheeled items, like pianos, can be quite heavy. Something like this:
I've seen many things on elementary schools stages that are dangerous and/or easily damaged, but still meet code.
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