Cracking the Code: All About Electrical Safety

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New ElectricTV.net Video Explains National Electrical Installation Standards

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The most recent video presentation from ElectricTV.net highlights the National Electrical Installation Standards (NEIS), electrical construction standards used in the creation and maintenance of building electrical systems.

Granted, the subject of electrical wiring code isn't as glamorous as stories about the latest solar energy projects or the preparations of electrical equipment and rigging for a celebrity's performance – but electrical standards are an important aspect of installation when it comes to electrical safety and systems that perform reliably without posing a danger to users.

You have probably heard the phrase "up to code" when those in the construction industry discuss their projects. While there are those who feel these are a nuisance, the fact is that if buildings weren't constructed to be up to code, they would often be dangerous to occupy. This is especially true of electrical systems. The most recent video presentation from ElectricTV.net highlights the National Electrical Installation Standards (NEIS), electrical construction standards used in the creation and maintenance of building electrical systems.

The National Electric Code has long established standards for electrical installations. In the time since this code was established as standard practice, the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) saw a need to further develop these guidelines with the idea that electrical contractors should go above and beyond just the code. NECA saw the necessity of building upon and expanding this code in order to provide very specific safety guidelines and establish best practices with respect to maintenance, upkeep and the tools and equipment employed in these jobs. As a result of NECA's efforts, these new standards are now the only ones to meet American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards. It is worth noting that NEIS goes beyond the requirements originally set under the National Electric Code.

While code requirements may seem to be a dry subject to many, the new video presentation pulls no punches in demonstrating the potential hazards and consequences that result when electrical installation guidelines are not properly followed. The first minute of the video contains graphic demonstrations of what happens when an "arc flash," or electrical explosion occurs. The new video from ElectricTV.net strives to showcase the efforts of the trained, professional union workers of NECA and IBEW and how their efforts serve to make the world not only a (literally) brighter and more efficient place, but also how these efforts provide greater electrical safety in construction.

ABOUT ELECTRIC TV: ElectricTV.net is an ongoing project of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Engineers (IBEW). These labor organizations regularly produce educational video presentations and documentaries on the latest trends, technology and training practices of the electrical industry.

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