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August 18, 2011
Vol. IX, No. 16

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   EC&M's CodeWatch
  Today's Headlines
 Code Committee Call-Up
 Electrical News from the State of Minnesota
 What's Wrong Here?
 Moving Violations
 Code Q&A
 Code Quiz

Code News Update


Got some extra time on your hands? Looking to put some of your vast knowledge of arc flash to use? The NFPA Committee on Flash Fire Protective Garments is seeking members in all interest categories, except manufacturers. This committee is responsible for NFPA 2112, Standard on Flame-Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Flash Fire and NFPA 2113, Standard on Selection, Care, Use, and Maintenance of Flame-Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Flash Fire. Anyone interested in serving can download the application form at NFPA's Web site.


For those of you working in Minnesota, take note of this announcement we found posted on the Electrical Codes and Standards page of the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry website.

"Due to a delay caused by the state government shutdown, the Notice of Adoption of the 2011 National Electrical Code will be published in the State Register Aug. 1, 2011 and the effective date will be Aug. 8, 2011. Electrical permits/requests for electrical inspection received by the department on or after the effective date will be subject to the provisions of the 2011 National Electrical Code, regardless of when the work was started."

There's also a valuable Q&A document on this site that relates to 2011 NEC requirements.

Code Violations

What's Wrong Here?

By Joe Tedesco

Think you know how this installation violates the NEC?

Visit EC&M's website to see the answer.

Hint: This installer apparently relies on protection from a higher power.

Moving Violations

By Joe Tedesco

Caught by the inspector!

Check out our newest Moving Violations video.

In this episode, Joe finds an interesting situation underneath a bridge.

Code Quandaries

Code Q&A

By Mike Holt

Q. What are the disconnecting requirements for a transformer?

Visit EC&M's website to see the answer.

Code Challenge

Code Quiz

By Steven Owen

Fill in the blanks with the correct answers.
With respect to the requirements of facilities that may house children for educational, supervisory, or personal care services, a child care facility, by definition, must have more than _____ children that are _____ years old or less.

  1. No answer, as there is no definition of child care facility in the 2011 NEC
  2. 4; 7
  3. 10; 10
  4. 20; 5

Visit EC&M's website for the answer and explanation.

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