• What Does ‘Certification’ Mean? Cabling

    May 15, 2023 | Jim Hayes

    The term “certification” is used often in the workplace, especially with technology. What does certification mean, and who does the certifying? When is it required? How well do you understand certification? Take this quiz and get certified (just kidding!).

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  • Safety Year Round Safety

    May 15, 2023 | Wesley L. Wheeler

    May is Electrical Safety Month and when we recognize Construction Safety Week and OSHA’s Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. Everyone should practice electrical safety year-round, at home and in the workplace.

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  • Stay Cool Safety

    May 15, 2023 | Wesley L. Wheeler

    As we enter into the summer months when temperatures and humidity begin to rise and severe weather pops up unexpectedly, workers need to prepare for these possibilities. With heat regulations possible in the future and new enforcement programs being implemented, employers must train all workers, take every precaution and ensure workers get the water, rest and shade they need while on the job and adjusting to new working environments.

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  • Fire Alarm Fundamentals Life Safety Systems

    Apr 14, 2023 | Thomas P. Hammerberg

    How well do you know fire alarm basics? Test your knowledge with this quiz based on the 2022 edition of NFPA 72.

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  • How Well Do You Know Chapter 4? National Electrical Code

    Apr 14, 2023 | Michael Johnston

    This quiz tests your knowledge on Article 430, Motors, Motor Circuits and Controllers, and adjacent articles.

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  • Tales of the Undead Cabling

    Mar 15, 2023 | Jim Hayes

    Tales of the undead are not limited to B movies and long-running TV series. Some cabling tech just never seems to die, or comes back from the dead. How well do you know these zombies? 

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  • Conductors and Circuit Requirements National Electrical Code

    Feb 15, 2023 | Michael Johnston

    Test your knowledge on conductor and branch circuit requirements in the National Electrical Code.

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  • Top 10 in 2022 Safety

    Feb 15, 2023 | Wesley L. Wheeler

    OSHA released its top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety standards for 2022. This quiz asks a question about each topic. How much do you know?

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  • Emergency Control Function Interfaces Life Safety Systems

    Feb 15, 2023 | Thomas P. Hammerberg

    Emergency control function interfaces enable fire alarm systems and other building systems to communicate during a fire. Take this quiz to see how much you know.

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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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  • Raising the Stakes on Elevator Awareness Life Safety Systems

    Apr 15, 2021 | Thomas P. Hammerberg
    While elevator operations have changed in recent years, how much did interfacing with fire alarm systems change? Test your knowledge and find out.
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  • Passive OLANs Cabling

    Jul 17, 2017
    A new type of local area network—passive optical local area networks (OLANs)—is becoming widely accepted because it costs less than half as much as traditional LANs. How much do you know about passive OLANs?
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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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  • Fix Backhoe Fade Cabling

    Mar 15, 2021 | Jim Hayes
    Every day some fiber optic network goes down. Sometimes it’s equipment failure and sometimes it’s construction damage, which we call “backhoe fade.” How well do you know how to find and fix network outages?
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  • PPE Wear and Care Safety

    Mar 15, 2021 | Wesley L. Wheeler
    According to the hierarchy of controls, PPE is considered the last resort. For it to function properly, it needs to be taken care of, cleaned and replaced when showing signs of overuse.
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  • A Healthy Roundup Safety

    Feb 15, 2021 | Wesley L. Wheeler
    Everyone should monitor their personal health and family safety. Regular exercise and health checks with medical professionals are key to healthy living. Being aware of the conditions and environment you live and work in allows you to take proper precautions. Taking time to relax provides the body a chance to heal and recharge itself to handle daily activities.
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