Code Upgrades

Bring your property up to code with Night Owl Electric's code upgrades service.

Electric Code Upgrades

Electric hazards result in tens of thousands of residential and commercial accidents and house fires each year. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that electric wiring problems cause 30,000 home fires, 200 deaths, nearly one thousand injuries, and over $600 million in property damage every year. According to the Electric Safety Foundation International (ESFI), faulty wiring accounts for 20 percent of electrocutions.

Failure to bring a home up to the current electrical code is often to blame.

What Are Electric Code Updates?

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). publishes the National Electric Code (NEC) every three years to keep the electrical industry up to date on code changes and advancing technologies. The NEC sets electrical code standards for safe electrical design, installation, and inspection to protect people and property from electrical hazards.

First published in 1897, the NEC is updated to safeguard people and buildings by minimizing accidents and fire hazards resulting from the use of electricity. As of 2019, the 2017 edition of the NEC is the most current electrical safety guide.

The Top 10 Code Changes From the 2017 NEC Electric Code

  1. Power cord length restrictions for dishwashers and trash compactors.
  2. A grounding braid or sheath and GFCI protection are now required for heating panels installed underneath flooring.
  3. Hardwired appliances of a certain size must have a disconnect or locking mechanism in plain sight.
  4. The list of areas required to provide arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) protection has been expanded to include dormitories, hotels, and motels. It includes all 120-volt, single-phase, 15- and 20-ampere branch circuits, whether or not those circuits provide power to devices requiring AFCI protection.
  5. Dedicated circuits required for the charging of electric vehicles, including wireless EV charging stations.
  6. Outlet box hoods must be installed to protect all 15- and 20-ampere, 125- and 250-volt receptacles installed in potentially wet locations, such as exterior outlets.
  7. Solar panel arrays must have a rapid-shutdown switch installed. This makes it easier for first responders to throttle back the system’s power output in the event of a fire.
  8. Tamper-resistant receptacles are required in places such as preschools, elementary schools, and medical waiting rooms.
  9. Expansion of the NEC’s scope to cover the safe removal of electrical wiring and equipment.
  10. And hundreds of other changes promoting electrical safety.

Night Owl Electric’s staff of electricians know when they are required and can expertly install them.

Property Electric Site Survey

Electric installations in commercial, multifamily and industrial sites are typically the result of a long history of expansions linked to changing needs and requirements, with the majority not documented. Electric installations all come with their own little surprises, that you generally discover once project proposals and payment terms are agreed and signed off… too late. Any improvement project must, therefore, start with a proper site survey to specify the scope of works for the project proposal; any other approach could end up very costly.

Even if an installation is not required, both time and wear & tear can have a devastating effect on the safety and efficiency of your electric system. Improper equipment can be cause for code violations, or worse injury and liability.

Let Night Owl Electric conduct a site survey of your property today to guarantee safety and efficiency.

Grounding System Inspection

Poor grounding not only increases the risk of equipment failure; it is dangerous. Properties need to have adequately grounded electric systems so in the event of a lightning strike, or utility over-voltage, current will find a safe path to earth.

Simple grounding systems consist of a single ground electrode driven into the ground. The use of a single ground electrode is the most common form of grounding and can be found outside your home or place of business.

Complex grounding systems consist of multiple ground rods; connected mesh or grid networks; ground plates; and ground loops. These systems are typically installed at power generating substations,central offices, and cell tower sites.

Why Test?

Over time, corrosive soils with high moisture content, high salt content, and high temperatures can degrade ground rods and their connections. So although the ground system when initially installed had low earth ground resistance values, the resistance of the grounding system can increase if the ground rods are eaten away.

It is recommended that all grounds and ground connections be checked annually as a part of your normal predictive maintenance plan. If the technician finds an increase in resistance of more than 20 percent, investigate the source of the problem and make the correction to the grounding system to lower the resistance.

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