• It’s the Little Things That Count Cabling

    Jul 18, 2018 | Jim Hayes
    As they say, the devil is in the details. Knowing the little things that count can help get the job done, and save time and money. Let’s look at some little things that matter for fiber optics.
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  • EC Safety Program and Requirements Safety

    Jul 18, 2018 | Wesley L. Wheeler
    This month, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR is profiling the electrical contractor, so let’s look at a few of the components in an electrical contractor’s safety program.
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  • Integrated Systems Testing Life Safety Systems

    Jun 21, 2018 | Thomas P. Hammerberg
    Now that the 2015 edition of NFPA 4, Standard for Integrated Fire Protection and Life Safety System Testing, has been adopted in the 2018 codes, let’s see what you know about integrated systems testing requirements.
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  • Equipment Requirements National Electrical Code

    Jun 21, 2018 | Michael Johnston
    Per the National Electrical Code (NEC), electrical equipment must be rated for voltage and ampacity, and it is required to carry normal current and the amount of available fault current during ground-fault or short-circuit conditions. Warnings also must be on equipment that is likely to need examination, adjustment, servicing or maintenance while energized.
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  • The Right Tools for the Job Cabling

    May 10, 2018 | Jim Hayes
    Nothing makes a job easier than having the right tools. The Fiber Optic Association is updating its recommended tool list for trainers. In the process, I have learned about “old reliable” tools and the new tools available to help the fiber technician.
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  • Fall Protection Safety Requirements Safety

    May 10, 2018 | Wesley L. Wheeler
    May is National Electrical Safety Month, and in honor of OSHA’s annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, which is May 7–11, here are some fall protection questions to consider.
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  • Fire Alarm Notification Appliances Life Safety Systems

    Apr 17, 2018 | Thomas P. Hammerberg
    Check your knowledge of audible and visible notification appliance requirements of the 2016 NFPA 72.
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  • Definitions and Tables National Electrical Code

    Apr 17, 2018 | Michael Johnston
    Conductors and equipment covered by the National Electrical Code (NEC)—including prefabricated systems and installations—are required to be approved. NEC tables help Code users accurately apply the requirements. Rules that appear in tabular form and without exceptions provide precise values and information. Use of the tables requires gathering required information and determining the corresponding value within the applicable table.
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  • Standards Are Not Color-Blind Cabling

    Mar 16, 2018 | Jim Hayes
    In fiber optics, color codes relay a lot of vital information. They help electrical contractors determine which fiber, cable or connector they are working with and ensure the installation is correct. How well do you know fiber optic color codes?
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  • Lighting Safety Requirements Safety

    Mar 16, 2018 | Wesley L. Wheeler
    To comply with OSHA regulations and other standards such as NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, and NFPA 70, National Electrical Code, lighting installed in temporary and permanent locations has to meet specific safety requirements.
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  • Carbon Monoxide Detection Life Safety Systems

    Feb 20, 2018 | Thomas P. Hammerberg
    Many new requirements have been added in the codes and standards for carbon monoxide (CO) detection in the last few years. Test your knowledge of CO gas and detection requirements.
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  • Be Prepared For Hurricane Season Safety

    Aug 12, 2022 | Wesley L. Wheeler
    August is the middle of hurricane season, and many communities face dangerous weather with excessive winds, torrential rains and flooding. So, take time to ensure you have emergency supplies available and travel plans in the event there is a hurricane or a declaration of evacuation. In case of an evacuation order, remember the six P’s: people, prescriptions, papers, pets, personal needs and priceless items.
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  • Pathway Survivability Life Safety Systems

    Aug 12, 2022 | Thomas P. Hammerberg
    Test your knowledge of the latest pathway survivability requirements from NFPA 72-2002.
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  • Wiring in Hazardous (Classified) Locations National Electrical Code

    Aug 12, 2022 | Michael Johnston
    Electrical wiring in hazardous (classified) locations is significantly more restrictive than wiring in general unclassified locations. Good design ingenuity for systems in these environments is to locate as much of the electrical wiring and equipment outside the classified location. The basic approach of addressing the hazardous (classified) location is to remove one or more components of the fire triangle—oxygen, fuel and an ignition source—to reduce the possibility of an explosion. Electrical installations present significant ignition sources for these environments.
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  • Duct Smoke Detectors Life Safety Systems

    Jun 15, 2022 | Thomas P. Hammerberg
    How well do you know the requirements for duct smoke detectors? Requirements come from a number of different codes and standards. Take this quiz and test your knowledge.
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  • Minimum Requirements for Motors and More National Electrical Code

    Jun 15, 2022 | Michael Johnston
    Chapter 4 of the NEC, Equipment for General Use, includes the minimum requirements for equipment such as motors, transformers, appliances, heating equipment and more. According to Section 90.3, these rules are general in nature but could be amended by the specific requirements in chapters 5–7. Properly applying the NEC requires steady use and accurate navigation, so students of the Code are always learning.
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  • Code Check-In National Electrical Code

    Feb 20, 2018 | Michael Johnston
    Article 100 of the National Electrical Code (NEC) contains definitions that are used in more than two articles of the Code. Several revisions in the 2017 version of the NEC include both new and revised definitions. Check your Code proficiency using defined terms. All answers are based on the 2017 NEC.
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  • Falls, Lifelines and Safety Nets Safety

    May 23, 2022 | Wesley L. Wheeler
    According to OSHA, falls are the leading cause of death in construction. During the first week of Electrical Safety Month, OSHA held its National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls. Test your fall-protection knowledge here.
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  • 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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