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Code Alert: Indiana, 13 April 2009

Over a period of eight months, the Electrical Advisory Committee completed the entire review of the overall Electrical code. The State of Indiana Department of Homeland Security deleted from the NEC (AFCI, Tamper Resistant Receptacles and GFCI) provisions that had a “perceived” large fiscal impact from the 2008 NEC. The States reasoning for this action was done in order to obtain approval from the State’s Budget Agency.

If this legislation moves forward, Indiana will fall towards the bottom of the country in Electrical Safety. Indiana will be the ONLY State in the country to NOT have any “AFCI” protection in residential construction. This will hinder the citizens of Indiana from the latest fire safety technology of today.

It is anticipated that those opposed to the adoption of the 2008 NEC will be present for their same argument of “Costs” before “Electrical Safety”. Those in support of the adoption of the NEC in Indiana with the inclusion of safety provisions of AFCIs, TR, and GFCIs as being adopted by the rest of the country are encouraged to participate and voice concerns over the reduction of safety.

Meeting Information:

May 7, 2008 @ 402 W. Washington, Indianapolis IN. Conference Room 22.

Public hearing for the Residential Code will begin at 9AM and the Electrical Code hearing will be at 11AM.

Contact: don.iverson@nema.org


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