Do-it-yourself homeowners love getting stuff done themselves. But while wiring your home without professional help can save money, it can also endanger your family. After all, you need the proper training to perform electrical repairs and installations. DIY can also result in you violating national electrical codes. This can lead to stiff penalties, including costly fines and even imprisonment. Here are three common electrical code violations that residents in Jackson, Mississippi should avoid at all costs:
Crowding a Service Panel
Your home’s electrical service panel requires a minimum working clearance that’s 30 inches wide, 8 inches high and 3 feet deep. If you can’t place a full-sized refrigerator in front of the service panel, you’re crowding it. The clearance protects anyone working on the service panel and ensures it’s always accessible. As a result, everyone stays safe around it.
Installing a Wrong Cover On an Outdoor Receptacle
If you use flat covers to protect your outdoor receptacles, it’s time to switch to a different type of cover. That’s because, in most cases, you usually have cords plugged into the outdoor receptacles. Flat covers don’t provide protection in these instances.
The national electric code requires you to use an in-use or a bubble cover on receptacles located in wet and damp locations. That includes your backyard. The national electric code also requires that all of your 15- and 20-amp outdoor receptacles are weather and tamper resistant when you install them in wet and damp locations.
Failing to Use a Neutral Wire When Wiring Switches
Wiring switches is a common do-it-yourself task. As a result, many homeowners overlook this electrical code. Remember, electronic switches require a small amount of constant electricity. According to the national electric code, every switch in and around your home requires a neutral wire.
To learn more about electrical code violations, or if you’re in need of a professional electrician to repair a code violation in your home or business, contact Dent Air Conditioning at 601-912-0535. Our team of professionals is standing by to ensure you’re meeting all electrical codes and keeping your family or employees safe.
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