Most Common Safety Electrical Code Violations

Electrical Code Violations

Electrical code violations can be dangerous and are normally a result of negligence during the construction, renovation, or upgrade phase of a building. Unfortunately, they are easy to overlook when you live in or purchase an older home. Hidden code violations can lead to bigger problems in the future. 

Electrical codes specify the minimum requirements to proceed legally with a project. These codes adhere to electrical system safety and are designed to protect buildings from unforeseen scenarios and minimize the risk of short circuits, electrocutions, or fire. A certified electrician can best determine whether or not your home complies with electrical code. The following are four common electrical code violations.

Overcrowded Wires

Cramped wires are the biggest cause of a serious fire hazards. Cramming too many wires together can lead to damaged wire insulation.  These exposed wires can go unnoticed, leaving exposed conductors behind your wall and increasing the risk of fire. 

To avoid this kind of violation, be sure to run no more than three wires through one hole measuring 7/8 of an inch in diameter. If damaged wire is found, have an electrician cut away the damaged wire and install a junction box. 

Illegal Splices

A splice is a connection between two or more wires. Although a continuous run of new wire is always better than any splice, there are situations when a proper splice may be necessary. When splicing wires, the connections must be inside a junction box that complies with the NEC standard. Junction boxes provide vital protection for the connections, which minimizes the risk of fire.

To avoid a violation, hire an electrician to mount a junction box, run the wires into the box, make the splice using wire nuts and install a cover plate over the box.

Installing The Wrong Circuit Breaker

Circuit breakers serve as the backbone of electrical safety and control the amount of electricity flowing through a building’s electrical system. A properly functioning circuit breaker detects an electric overload or a short circuit and protects your wiring & appliances.

There are three basic types of circuit breakers. For the best possible selection, one must give a strong priority to the voltage, frequency, current rating, product testing, and capacity. If unsure, please contact an electrician. Selecting the wrong one can lead to fires and electrical hazards.

Old Wire for New Lights

Old wiring manufactured before 1987 should be replaced. The main issue with using old wire for new lights is the difference in temperature between the two components. Old wire was made to withstand up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. New lights can run at around 194 degrees Fahrenheit. This poses an obvious fire hazard.

There is no telling what your electrical system is hiding within your walls. For your own safety, we would recommend calling an expert for a thorough evaluation. They will be able to recommend the best solution to safeguard your premises. Electrical work (big or small) must be done safely and in accordance with the NEC. If you have any questions or want a team of professionals to evaluate the electrical code of your home/office or building, do contact us today.

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