National Electrical Installation Standards

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    Tuesday, December 6, 2022

    Question:

    Greetings Charlie! Love this forum. You do an excellent job. My question is regarding 300.21. There seems to be some debate on whether all wall penetrations need to be fire stopped or just penetrations through fire rated walls. Could "Substantially increased" apply to any wall penetration? Local AHJ's seem to differ a bit here as well. What is your take? Thank you! Jason Rolf
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    Monday, December 5, 2022

    Question:

    Dear Code Friends, I keep reading online how the expansion of AFCI protection, GFCI protection, and Tamper Resistant Receptacles has prevented 1000s of deaths each year. I feel like this may be misinformation. Is there reliable information on the efficacy of these implemented safety devices available to the public? Sincerely, Ron Turney
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    Answer:

    Hello Ron, thank you for your question and your concerns with safety. The NFPA has a research foundation that routinely researches and publishes reports on these topics. I would start there for reliable information on electrical fires and electrical shock/electrocution trends. You can find electrical related reports here.

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