• Fiber Optic Safety Cabling

    May 23, 2022
    Some safety issues are unique to working with fiber optics, while others are common to all aspects of cable installation. How well do you know the safety concerns for fiber optics?
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  • Fire Alarm Power Supplies Life Safety Systems

    Apr 15, 2022 | Thomas P. Hammerberg
    How well do you know NFPA 72 requirements for fire alarm power supplies? Take this quiz and test your knowledge.
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  • IT and Other Special Equipment National Electrical Code

    Apr 15, 2022 | Michael Johnston
    NEC Chapter 6, Special Equipment, covers photovoltaic systems, wind electrical systems, fuel cell systems, welders, IT equipment and more. As indicated in Section 90.3, the requirements in Chapter 6 can modify or amend the general rules in chapters 1–4, 5 and 7. Often the amendments or modifications are more restrictive than the general rules, but equal and effective safety requirements attained allow for the modifications by the later chapters.
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  • Cable Installation Requirements Safety

    Mar 11, 2022 | Wesley L. Wheeler
    What are the general voltage and current limitations on cables for electrical installations involving network cabling, low-voltage control systems, occupancy sensors and power over ethernet (PoE) cables? Refer to the National Electrical Code and other industry literature to perform a safe, efficient installation.
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  • What Do You Know About PONs? Cabling

    Mar 10, 2022
    During the pandemic, many people worked and studied at home, all needing broadband internet to do so. Robust home internet is best achieved with fiber to the home (FTTH) using passive optical networks (PONs). How well do you understand FTTH using PONs?
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  • Notification Appliances for Fire Alarm Systems Life Safety Systems

    Feb 15, 2022 | Thomas P. Hammerberg
    How well do you know the characteristics for application and selection of fire alarm notification appliances? Try this quiz and see how well you know them.
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  • EV Supply Equipment Concerns National Electrical Code

    Feb 15, 2022 | Michael Johnston
    Chapter 6, Special Equipment, addresses equipment installations such as fire pumps, electric signs, elevators and electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). In addition to the electrical general installation rules, Chapter 6 requirements often modify general rules in a more restrictive fashion.
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  • Fiber Optic Trivia Cabling

    Feb 1, 2022
    Fiber optic communications has been around so long that we don’t think much about how it got started and developed into the powerful communications systems of today. Let’s test your knowledge of fiber optics history (and give you some trivia to impress your colleagues with).
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  • Judging the Speed of Fiber Optics Cabling

    Nov 9, 2021
    We’re always talking about how fast fiber optic networks are, but “fast” has several meanings. How well do you understand fast in fiber optics?
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  • Navigating OSHA Citations Safety

    Nov 9, 2021 | Wesley L. Wheeler
    Understanding OSHA regulations is a constant challenge, and navigating OSHA requirements when dealing with a citation is critical to an investigation’s outcome. With penalties increasing in recent years, it is important to understand the monetary impact on an employer and how it can affect them if a second violation or citation is received. Managing safety is always important for the employer and employees. How much do you know about violations?
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  • Fire Alarm Tests for Sprinklers Life Safety Systems

    Oct 6, 2021 | Thomas P. Hammerberg
    How well do you know the inspection and testing requirements for fire sprinklers connected to a fire alarm system? Take this quiz to find out.
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  • Identifying Certified Electrical Products National Electrical Code

    Oct 6, 2021 | Michael Johnston
    Conductors and equipment covered by the NEC are acceptable only if the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) approves them. Certified (listed) electrical products and equipment often serve as the AHJ’s basis for approval. A product must be listed where the NEC includes a requirement that equipment be listed. Are you familiar with other installation factors that the AHJ will verify in the approval process?
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  • Returning to the Safety Basics Safety

    Sep 9, 2021 | Wesley L. Wheeler
    It’s important to remind ourselves about the basic principles and requirements for a safe workplace.
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  • Fiber Optic Network Review Cabling

    Sep 9, 2021
    We’re bombarded by news of fiber optic networks—fiber to the home, 5G cellular backhaul, data centers and more. Managers involved with designing, installing and operating these networks need to be familiar with them. How well do you understand fiber optic networks?
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  • Understanding Fusion Splicing Cabling

    Jul 15, 2021
    As fusion-splicing machines become more affordable, single-mode fiber usage is more widespread and fusion splice-on connectors are becoming the termination method of choice. How well do you understand fusion splicing?
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  • Thinking About the Heat Safety

    Jul 15, 2021 | Wesley L. Wheeler
    In July, with pandemic restrictions easing or lifted, family and friends will get together, have reunions and go to the beach. Safety is key, and knowing emergency response procedures is crucial. Test yourself on tips we all should remember
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  • How Well Do You Know the Micros? Cabling

    May 13, 2021 | Jim Hayes
    The new technologies in fiber optic cables and cable plant installation are the micros: microcables, microducts and microtrenching. These can make cable plant installation easier, faster and cheaper. How well do you know the micros?
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  • Handle the Hazards Safety

    May 13, 2021 | Wesley L. Wheeler
    Being familiar with the OSHA requirements for electrical safety is everyone’s responsibility. Many OSHA electrical requirements are extracted from the National Electrical Code.
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  • A Perfect Marriage Safety

    May 13, 2021 | Wesley L. Wheeler
    Being familiar with the NFPA 70E requirements for electrical safety is key to staying safe when working with and around electricity. To complement and support OSHA’s electrical requirements, NFPA 70E provides the “how” to comply with the “shall” in federal regulations.
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  • Speak Properly National Electrical Code

    Apr 15, 2021 | Michael Johnston
    Proper use of the NEC is essential and separates the best from the rest, whether in estimating, project management or carrying out the responsibilities of a field foreman. It is important not to use slang words or terms with different meanings than those defined in the Code. Always use a “common language of communication” supported by defined terms.
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