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Monday, August 24, 2020

Question:

Hello CQD,

I was looking for the written electrical code 551.71 Part F in recreation. What does it mean? I work a state park and looking to see if we can change our 30a GFCI breakers to just 30a breakers. The GFI's are costing $54 per breaker viruses $9 for the other. Hope you can help out.

Richard Threlkeld

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Answer:

Richard,

Thanks for the question. This rule requires ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection. Replacing GFCI breakers and devices removes the required protection against shock and electrocution of persons. The term ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) is defined in Article 100 of the NEC which helps describe the protection. We suggest leaving the GFCIs installed and contacting a qualified electrical contractor or consulting with the local electrical inspector for additional information.

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