What is the NEC?

There are a lot of safety standard acronyms out there and they can often be confused or misunderstood. In this post, we’re focusing on the National Electric Code (NEC). In future posts, we cover the National Electric Safety Code (NESC) and how the NEC and NESC relate to NFPA 70E. Stay tuned.

What is the National Electric Code (NEC)?

The National Electrical Code (NEC) is published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and revised every 3 years. The NEC typically defines the requirements for safe electrical installations for in-premises wiring. Meaning, from a meter outside a home or commercial building, to the inside. It’s typically lower voltage, less than a thousand volts. An easy way to remember it is it’s indoor wiring or inside the premises. Let’s tune in to hear Tyndale’s VP of Technical, Scott Margolin’s explanation:

As Scott says, the NEC is not technically state or federal law, but it is typically adopted by states and municipalities. Once adopted, these safety standards are enforced by local building inspectors and electricians are required to comply as a result.

Check out related posts covering the National Electric Safety Code (NESC), and how the NEC and NESC relate to NFPA 70E.

 

 

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