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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Question:

SAFETY REMINDER: Today the Code Question of the Day offers an important safety reminder: Check the operation of all ground-fault circuit interrupter protective devices at least once per month. Replace any GFCI devices that are inoperative. If you are not trained to perform this work, hire a qualified contractor or person to perform these tasks. 
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Answer:

Related Code Sections: There are multiple rules throughout the NEC that require GFCI protection. Test and reset buttons are provided on the GFCI devices. GFCI protection is listed to UL 943. Article 100 provides a detailed definition of the term Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI). The requirement to performance test them is provided by the manufacturers and is contained in the use and installation instructions that are provided with the device. Section 110.3(B) indicates that listed or labeled equipment shall be installed and used in accordance with any instructions included in the listing or labeling.

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