still getting a number of emails about the column on
ground-fault circuit interrupters in garage construction
— the original questioner wanted to know whether the
contractor was exceeding code rather than meeting it.
from Frederick C. Matz::
your original correspondent, I have a new house which
was built to code.
electrical code requires that all circuits with an
outlet, light, or switch on the exterior be protected by
front porch light is on a GFCI.
garage is considered to be on the exterior because of
the dampness and moisture on the floor.
my garage, the wall outlet, the ceiling light and the
exterior garage lights are on a GFCI.
garage door opener and the lightbulb in it, however, are
not on a GFCI, because you do not have a ‘full power’
connection to the device.
push buttons you use to open the overhead door are
area considered to be dangerous in the event of power
outage or, in this case, a tripped GFCI, can be easily
protected with a battery-powered emergency light wired
to the protected circuit."
will give anyone in the area time to find a way out or a
to you both.
are set aside as a reminder of important things — fire
prevention, poison prevention, and the like.
though Child Safety Week is past, www.HomeDoctors.com
sent along some things that I thought I’d share.
than 3.5 million children visit the emergency room each
year because parents don’t exercise the care they
example, three in 10 parents with toddlers say they keep
medicine on a low shelf or in an unlocked cabinet.
90 percent of the 334 fire-related child fatalities in
2013 were due to home fires.
percent of parents say they never check their smoke
than half of homeowners with pools say they are not
protected by fences.