With the internet at our fingertips, we’ve become accustomed to looking things up online. Have a question? Google it. Need a tutorial on how to do a certain home improvement project? There’s a YouTube video for that.
When it comes to the current electrical codes, however, the latest information can be hard to come by. This is because the National Electric Code (NEC) is not available for free online. The latest edition of the NEC is only available if you purchase it, and since a hard copy is more than $100, most DIYers don’t purchase a copy before they take on a project in their home that requires electrical work.
What they likely do instead is they go to online forums and ask their specific questions about what they should and shouldn’t do when it comes to electrical work. As professional electricians who are very familiar with electrical codes, we feel it’s our obligation to tell you that some of the advice being passed around on these online forums is just downright incorrect. Sometimes people on these forums are basing their advice on outdated information, and other times, it’s clear that they just don’t know what they’re talking about.
For example, if you were to go to an online forum and ask if a refrigerator is required to be on its own circuit, you will get a ton of conflicting information. Some people will say it’s not required, but recommended; others will tell you it’s absolutely required, and still, others will tell you it’s a non-issue. Who do you believe?
If you’re a DIYer, we want to caution you about asking for advice about electrical work on the internet. The electrical code is very complex. In addition, not all states have adopted the latest version of the NEC, and some have added their own amendments to the NEC. There are several states that are still using a version of the NEC that’s more than a decade old. The state of Michigan is using the most current version of the NEC, so if someone from a state using an older version of the NEC is giving you online advice, it may not apply here.
As professional Genesee County electricians, we make sure to stay up to date on all of the latest codes that relate to electrical work. Whenever the latest version of the NEC comes out, we make sure to educate ourselves about any changes or updates that have occurred since the last version was published. We invest the time and money it takes to ensure all of our customers benefit from the latest information and best practices in the industry. For us, it’s about protecting our customers. We want to make sure that any work our electricians do in your home or place of business is up to the latest safety standards.
Electrical fires are very real and can do a tremendous amount of damage to your property and cause severe injury or even death. That’s why we feel very strongly that you call a Genesee County electrician rather than attempting to do electrical work on your own (or with your handy friend/neighbor/brother-in-law). Let the electricians at Electrician Express help! Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get a free estimate on the work you need done.