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5 Ways We Avoid Electrical Code Violations

  • Blue Collar Electricians
  • November 19, 2018

When you’re working on a home improvement or remodeling project, you should always call in a professional electrician, like the experts at Blue Collar Electricians, to handle any electrical work involved. Licensed electricians are trained to carefully execute electrical work so that the electrical work is safe for your home and your family. We are also well versed in electrical code and use methods that keep you safe and are within code to avoid code violation. Are you interested in finding out what we do to keep you within code? Here are just 5 of the things we do to avoid code violations and keep your home safe:

1. We choose the right outlet.
Standard outlets were a common option many years ago. Today, we have safer, more efficient solutions to meet your needs. Typically, we suggest using one of these two options:

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)
GCFI outlets protect people where there will be water present near an outlet. Once installed, they need to be accessible to be able to be reset (so we don’t install them on ceilings or where they cannot be reached).

Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI)
These outlets help to prevent fires in areas where cords are likely to be pinched, crimped or damaged by pets. AFCI outlets are now required in all standard living areas in new builds, renovations, and upgraded electrical systems.

2. We remember neutral wiring.
All switch locations require a neutral wire. That’s why we always make sure to install neutral wiring when handling an electrical project.

3. We don’t resist tamper-resistant receptacles.
Tamper-resistant receptacles not only help keep kids safe, but they are also required by the National Code. To make sure that your home is within code and is keeping those who enter safe, we use tamper-resistant receptacles.

4. We choose the right outdoor outlets.
When used outside, the old “flat”-style receptacles don’t protect the cord connection point when it rains or snows. The newer “bubble”-style covers provide non-stop protection. That’s why they are required to make code and why we use them in outdoor electrical projects.

5. We remember that there’s strength in numbers.
Any receptacle must be within reach of a 6-ft. appliance cord. Extension cords can cause fires in homes. Thus, it’s best to avoid extension cords by installing ample outlets. That’s why we make sure that we install an adequate number of receptacles for your home. It keeps you safer and avoids a code violation.

Code violations are a hassle! That’s why we strategically perform all electrical work to avoid code violations and keep you and your family safe. Do you need electrical work on a home improvement project? Call the electricians who can handle it all – Blue Collar Electricians.