Understanding Your Home's Electrical System And Its Safety Compliance


Few home owners really take the time to understand their home's electrical system and how electricians ensure that it is safe. However, by understanding this process and how it applies to your home, you can avoid unsafe wiring and non-compliance situations that can be expensive to fix and dangerous to your home.

Understanding The National Electrical Code

The federal government has created a guideline for electrical wiring safety that is known as the "National Electrical Code." It has been adopted by all 50 states, though variations may exist on the state and city level. It is designed to cover the installation of all electrical devices in your home, including:

  • Electrical conductors
  • Raceways
  • Wiring
  • Optical fiber cables
  • Communication equipment
  • Electrical meters

This code is designed to keep you and your home safe from danger. But how is this code enforced? By trained electricians who work hard to ensure your home's safety through inspection and ensuring that your home meets compliance.

The Role Of Licensing Committees

While it should be clear that electricians help enforce the National Electrical Code, what makes them skilled enough to understand it and its complexities? Licensing committees. Each state has its own committee that works hard to ensure that all electricians in the state meet with their licensing demands.

For example, Iowa makes it necessary for all electricians to pass their licensing demands in order to inspect electrical work done in the state. These inspections are designed to check your home's wiring safety and to ensure that it meets compliance with the National Electrical Code.

What To Do If Your Home Is Not Compliant

The complexity of the wiring and electrical systems in most homes makes it likely that you may not be compliant with every aspect of the National Electrical Code. In many cases, these are very minor problems, such as improper connections that are easy enough to fix. In fact, the inspecting electrician may be able to do these fixes for you in no more than an afternoon.

More severe problems, such as bare wires or a wiring system that can't handle modern electrical demands, may require more extensive fixes. While an older home may not need to meet these codes (due to meeting a "grandfather" clause that may make it unnecessary), it's not wise to leave such dangerous situations unfixed.

If you're concerned about your home's compliance or if you've never had it tested, it's worth calling a professional residential electrician today and getting an inspection done right away. They will carefully check and double-check your home to make sure it's safe. Contact a company like Safe-Way Electric & Solar Co. to get started.

About Me

updating electrical work in an older home

I knew before I bought an older home that it would require a lot of work. What I didn't expect was to find the the entire second floor of the home had inadequate electrical work and that it would all have to be updated to keep my family safe and conserve some energy. I created this blog as I worked to overhaul my house and redo the electrical mess that I uncovered. You will find out what should be and what should never be done when working with electricity in older homes and what you can do to ensure the safety of your family while living in your home.

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