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September 27, 2012 - Wisconsin


On June 29, 2012, Gov. Scott Walker directed the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) to study eliminating GFCI, AFCI and Tamper Resistant Receptacles (TRR) in homes without first seeking input from the Wisconsin electrical industry. During this time the Wisconsin electrical inspection and fire safety community mobilized in opposition of this proposal by advising the Governor’s office of their reckless disregard for electrical, fire and child safety in the state by not mandating these proven safety devices.

After reviewing concerns from the fire and life safety community, on September 24th Governor Walker rescinded the proposal to remove GFCI, AFCI and TRR and directed the DSPS to leave in place those safety requirements. The Governor should be applauded for his willingness to change course to keep safety at the forefront for all citizens of Wisconsin.

Contact: Don Iverson: don.iverson@nema.org