What started as a simple planned suburb of Denver back in 1981 has grown into a thriving community of nearly 100,000. The area’s low crime rate, wide range of housing options and host of recreational activities, including several recreation centers, golf courses and parks, all helped to make Highlands Ranch one of the best places in the U.S. to raise children according to Businessweek. Because even some of the oldest homes and businesses in the Highlands Ranch area are significantly younger than the average U.S. home, many mistakenly believe that means their buildings are safer because they were built using relatively recent building, plumbing and electrical codes.
While in some cases this may be true, when it comes to the safety of the electric service in a Highlands Ranch home or business, this assumption may actually make a home or business more dangerous. Several recent updates to the National Electrical Code (NEC) address a number of electrical safety issues that are most likely present in the majority of homes and businesses in Highlands Ranch. While these code requirements can be confusing even to some electricians, below are some of the most notable code updates and why they are so important.
- Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) are a special type of electrical safety device. They are either a breaker or receptacle that is designed to prevent electrical burns, electric shocks and electrocution. Once only required in a few specific locations such as kitchens and bathrooms, GFCI protection is now required for dishwashers, laundry rooms, commercial garages and all tire inflation machines and automotive vacuums. In addition, all GFCIs must also be readily available for quick operation or inspection.
- Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) are electrical safety devices much like GFCIs, except that AFCIs are designed to detect electrical arcs and stop the flow of current before the arc can cause an electrical fire. Originally these electrical fire preventing breakers were only required in all “habitable” spaces within homes in 2008 including:
- family rooms
- dining rooms
- living rooms
- recreation rooms
- According to the 2014 NEC, AFCIs are also now required in kitchens, laundry rooms and dormitories.
- Electric Vehicle Charging Outlets are now required to be on a circuit independent of any other and can’t be connected to any other outlet. Also, a separate charging outlet is required for each car space in a garage. This requirement is to help prevent the use of extension cords and power strips to charge multiple electric vehicles at the same time, which is a serious electrical safety hazard that can result in electrical fire or electrocution.
The safety of the electric service in your home or business is our top priority at APower. Our licensed and insured team of fast, friendly and knowledgeable electricians are always up-to-date on the latest changes and updates to the NEC, as well as all state and local electrical code requirements. As a result, we can help to ensure your electric service, whether in your home or business (commercial or industrial), is as safe and reliable as possible. If you live or work in the Highlands Ranch area, don’t risk the safety of your family, friends or co-workers on the assumption that your electric service is safe.
Contact the APower team today and schedule a comprehensive, yet affordable electric service evaluation. We can inspect your electrical service and quickly address any potential electrical safety issues before they cause damage. In addition, we can recommend upgrades to your electric service to help make it safer or help expand your electric service if you are remodeling your home or business. With the APower team on the job, you’ll never have to worry about the safety or reliability of your electric service again.