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Code Alert: Indiana, 17 August 2009

The State of Indiana has adopted the 2008 NEC for other than one and two family dwellings. The code will become effective August 26, 2009.

The Indiana Electrical Advisory Committee comprised of representatives from Builders, Manufactured housing, Electrical Inspectors, Engineers, Manufacturers, IBEW and Electrical Utilities, along with support from Underwriters Laboratories recommended moving the adoption of the 2008 NEC forward with the safety provisions of AFCI and Tamper Resistant requirements. However, two safety proven provisions were completely omitted; AFCI protection in homes (210.12(b)) and Tamper Resistant Receptacles (406.11) protection for children. The State’s appointed building commission decided not to include these proven safety provisions from the NEC and allow the IRC Building Commission to re-consider those safety provisions to be added into the electrical requirements found in Indiana’s residential code.

Citizens of Indiana should contact their local Legislator to voice their concern for these added safety provisions that were deleted from the NEC to have them be added to IRC to make the homes of Indiana a safer place to live.

Contact: don.iverson@nema.org


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