New electrical codes get updated all the time, but some tried and true regulations are continuously violated. This isn’t because of anybody’s intent to tamper with electrics or create an unsafe space, but simply because people are unaware that certain electrical codes exist. Let’s go over common electrical code violations.
Common Electrical Code Violations
Today, our Electric Brothers electricians in Pico Rivera will review the most common electrical code violations that occur in residential and commercial spaces. From unlicensed installations to faulty parts, there are a lot of violations to be aware of. When in doubt, don’t touch anything and let your trusty local pros handle everything!
Service Panel Crowding
Anytime a service panel is installed, it needs a little bit of clearance so it always has easy access. All service panels require at least 30 inches in width, with a three-foot drop to the floor. A good way to remember to keep the service panel clear is to see whether you can fit a refrigerator in front of it. If not, it likely needs more clearance. Overcrowding of service panels is one of the biggest issues our experts notice when working on commercial and residential electrical setups.
Installing the Wrong Circuit Breaker
There are several different types of circuit breakers, and most DIY enthusiasts who try to set up their own electricals often install the wrong one. Some people even install circuit breakers upside down! Electrical protections are a necessity, but it’s important to install the right one. Some of the major types of circuit breakers include:
- Ground fault circuit interrupter
- Standard circuit breaker
- Arc fault circuit interrupter
The type of circuit breaker you need depends on your electrical requirements at your home or business. You can reach out to Electric Bros to find out what components are right for your system.
Forgetting the Tamper-Resistant Finish
One of the final steps when installing electrical wiring is to cover it with tamper-resistant covers. This doesn’t just protect vulnerable wires from being damaged. But it also protects you and everyone in the building from nasty electrical shocks and burns. Tamper-resistant receptacles should be installed on top of the electrics as the final touch, securing it out of sight (but never out of mind).
Installing Outdoor Outlets Wrong
Speaking of tamper-resistant receptacles, it is necessary to install one with a flip-up cover when dealing with outdoor outlets. This makes it easy and safe for extension cords and other wiring needs that are located outside. It is important to make sure you don’t install the outlet in an area usually damp, as that can lead to dangerous water damage.
Using Too Many Cords
Outlets should be strategically installed around the premises to prevent the overuse of extension cords. Extension cords can eventually blow out the system by trying to use up too much electrical power at once. This would be a costly accident to repair. The national electric code states that receptacle outlets should be accessible by cords that are six feet long no matter where you are located in the home.
Have Your Electronics Installed Correctly Today!
At Electric Brothers, we are your go-to experts for anything electrical. Whether you have at-home or business needs, you can get in touch with your local commercial electrician in Pico Rivera to make sure your systems are up to code. If you are worried about common code violations, you can schedule an assessment of your entire electrical setup. Get in touch with Electric Bros today and schedule a consultation for any small or large property. Don’t let a code violation create an unsafe space for you and your employees!