Written by Stu Kushner

What are NEC Codes and Why Do they matter?

You’re probably aware that there are certain codes that govern new construction or building renovations. One type of code is specifically related to electrical systems: the National Electrical Codes or NEC codes. These codes were initiated in 1897 and are updated every three years. The next update will be released in 2020. 

The purpose of NEC codes is to establish a standard of safety for electrical wiring and equipment throughout the country. While the standards are published nationally, individual states and cities can accept, modify, or create their own codes. What do codes mean to homeowners? Plenty!

When your house was constructed, the builder was responsible for meeting all city, state, or national codes. As a homeowner, making sure your home was built to proper code standards means safety to your family and protection for your investment. In the same way a builder needs permits before building new construction, any time you make major renovations or put an addition on your home, a permit is required. Failure to obtain a permit could result in fines or legal charges.

One of the most common causes of home fires is a faulty electrical system, which is reason enough to be sure every aspect of your home’s electrical system is up to code. Do-it-yourself electrical work may also void your homeowner’s insurance in case of a fire or injury. Don’t take unnecessary chances.

A great way to make sure your home is always up-to-code is to schedule an annual visit from a licensed electrician. They can check to ensure everything has been installed correctly and whether or not changes need to be made because of code updates. Here are just a few things an electrician can check for you.

1. Circuit breakers and panels

2. Outdoor electrical outlets and protective covers

3. Electricity in your garage, workshop, or home office

4. Energy demands because of new appliances or other electrical devices

5. Checking for GFCI-protected outlets in kitchens and bathrooms

These are just a few of the system checks a licensed electrician can perform in and around your home. Your home’s electrical system provides comfort and convenience to you and your family. Maintaining it and ensuring it meets code specifications is one way to safeguard your family. Call JM Mullen today and schedule your home inspection.