Staying safe at home and work: 2017 National Electrical Code

May is National Electrical Safety Month and the Electrical Safety Foundation International continues its annual campaign to inform the public on how to reduce hazards at home and in the workplace.

This year's campaign highlights important changes in the new 2017 National Electrical Code with ESFI's fourth edition of the National Electrical Safety Month publication, Electrical Safety Illustrated. This magazine includes tips on workplace and home safety.The latest issue, "Decoding the NEC to Prevent Shock and Electrocution," informs readers on the new changes made in the 2017 National Electrical Code. The issue provides industry standard safety upgrades and guidelines to remain on par with the national code.

While the NEC is updated every three years, its adoption is not mandated by the U.S. government. This means that states must adopt the new edition of the code individually for it to take effect. As of April 1, Massachusetts is the only state that has fully adopted the 2017 NEC. Currently, 23 other states are completing the process, while the remaining states have older editions in place.

In 2016, OSHA's top ten most cited violations included lockout/tagout, electrical wiring methods, and electrical general requirements. Whether in the field, in an office, or in a manufacturing setting, OSHA and NEC requirements exist to keep employees and customers safe. ESFI's Workplace Safety provides additional resources for those in the electrical industry.

At home, many parents purchase outlet safety covers in an attempt to protect their children from live outlets. However, a recent study by Temple University found that 100 percent of all 2-4 year olds were able to remove one type of plastic outlet cap within 10 seconds. ESFI's infographic Tamper Resistant Receptacles — Childproofing Done Right describes where the 2017 NEC mandates locations of Tamper Resistant Receptacles instead.

On the water, docks and boats can carry sources of electricity as well. Electric Shock Drowning explains what to do if a person is found in danger of electric shock drowning. Changes to the 2017 NEC now require marinas and boat docks to post warning signs where electricity is used near water.

In the spirit of National Electrical Safety Month, take the time to inspect your home and work environment for any potential hazards or areas lacking protection. Contact a qualified electrician to ensure your home is safe and up to code. ESFI's safety resources can help keep you, your family, and your coworkers safe. Visitwww.esfi.orgto learn more."