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Electrical safety matters

Helping electrical contractors stay ahead of the game

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At Eaton, electrical safety matters not only to us, but to contractors like you.  We spend countless hours researching and finding new ways to stay ahead of the game to help meet the constant evolution of code requirements. This helps position us one step ahead of your goals by implementing electrical safety into our everyday work lives. 

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On-demand webinar: Understanding the 2020 NEC requirements for GFCI Protection

As a leading manufacturer of GFCI protection in circuit breakers and receptacles, Eaton will review the technology and theory behind GFCI operation and the NEC 2020 requirements.  This presentation will assist contractors, inspectors, electricians and designers on the selection and use of GFCI technology for the various code requirements.

Protect people, property and equipment

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Throughout the building and renovation process, you want products that will keep your personnel safe during installation and maintenance and ensure the safety of homeowners long after move-in day. As the National Electrical Code (NEC) continues to change, you need to stay up-to-date with current technology and best practices. Our solutions are fully code­-compliant and equipped with features that help ensure a long life of safe operation. Our products are designed for safe and easy installation, including everything from circuit breakers to receptacles that help protect against electricity hazards, including shocks and fire that help keep homes safe.

What you need to know about the NEC code changes and compliance

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Every three years, members of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) meet to review, modify and add new National Electrical Code (NEC), or NFPA 70, requirements to enhance electrical safety in the workplace and the home.

The NFPA 70, National Electrical Code, creates the foundation for electrical safety.  The updated 2020 version of this reliable code echos the evolution of the industry, resulting in several updates and four new articles related to the pressing issues of emergency disconnects, ground fault circuit interrupters, surge protection, arc energy reduction and more.

The following are some significant changes along with Eaton product solutions to help aid in the installation and inspection processes. As always, consult with your AHJ or manufacturer for proper guidance or interpretation of the product and/or code-compliant installation.

  • GFCI protection - Increase of amp protection ratings across all receptacle outlets, both indoor and outdoor, wherever GFCI protection is required to help reduce electrical shock.  Also, GFCI products shall be installed in a readily accessible location
  • Receptacle outlets – The evolution of larger island and peninsular countertops has outgrown the previous requirement of at least 1 receptacle outlet, along with additional requirements for garage bays in multi-family applications
  • AFCI protection Now expanded to dwelling units, dormitory units, guest rooms, guest suites, and patient sleeping rooms in nursing homes and limited-care facilities
  • Service equipment - Barriers shall be placed in service equipment such that no uninsulated, ungrounded service busbar or service terminal is exposed to inadvertent contact by persons or maintenance equipment while servicing load termina­tions
  • Surge protection - All services supplying dwelling units shall be provided with a surge protective device (SPD)
  • Disconnecting means - Each service shall have only one disconnecting means unless the requirements of 230.71(B) are met
  • Arc energy reduction - When technologies are installed to reduce incident energy, technicians must conduct performance testing at the time of installation. In addition, requirements regarding larger OCPDs must respond to lower arcing currents that can occur in equipment.