• How Should the NEC Be Applied? National Electrical Code

    Feb 15, 2024 | Michael Johnston
    Section 90.3 provides two key elements that help users with applying the National Electrical Code. This section provides the general arrangement, by chapter and chapter titles, and more importantly, indicates how the NEC should be applied to installations and systems. Chapters 1-4 provide the general application rules and 5-7 may modify or amend the general rules (often to be more restrictive and address specific situations, locations, conditions and equipment). 
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  • NFPA 72 Fire Alarm Requirements Life Safety Systems

    Feb 15, 2024 | Thomas P. Hammerberg
    This test of your general knowledge provides an opportunity to better understand requirements of NFPA 72-2022.
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  • Electric Vehicle Safety Safety

    Feb 15, 2024 | Wesley L. Wheeler
    With all the emphasis on electric vehicles and expanding infrastructure around green energy, let's consider some safety-related topics. It is important to understand the different types of EVs and EV charging equipment available, as well as installation considerations. 
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  • Planning for Disasters Cabling

    Jan 15, 2024 | Jim Hayes

    Natural disasters wreak havoc with communications networks because they can cause widespread damage to cable plants and communications systems. Restoration can be a time-consuming and expensive process. Can advance planning help mitigate the problems?

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  • Equipment Marking and Identification National Electrical Code

    Dec 15, 2023 | Michael Johnston

    Many NEC requirements for equipment marking and identification directly relate to personnel safety and establishing electrically safe working conditions as addressed in NFPA 70E. It seems that requirements for “in sight from” equipment disconnects are often followed by exceptions that allow disconnects to be remote, but they must be lockable in the open position. Test your knowledge here.

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  • Emergency Communications Systems Life Safety Systems

    Dec 11, 2023 | Thomas P. Hammerberg

    Test your knowledge of the requirements for emergency communications systems in the 2022 NFPA 72.

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  • Making Connections Correctly Cabling

    Nov 15, 2023 | Jim Hayes

    For a fiber optic link to work, all fibers need to be connected properly—otherwise known as polarity. That sounds simple, but it can become complicated, depending on the components you use. How well do you understand polarity?

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  • Equipment Requirements National Electrical Code

    Oct 13, 2023 | Michael Johnston

    Do you know the National Electrical Code requirements for equipment? Use this quiz to test your knowledge.

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  • Supervising Station Alarm Systems Life Safety Systems

    Oct 13, 2023 | Thomas P. Hammerberg

    How well do you understand the requirements for supervising station alarm systems based on the 2019 NFPA 72? Take this quiz and test your knowledge.

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  • Modern High-Density Fiber Optic Cables Cabling

    Sep 15, 2023 | Jim Hayes

    Fiber optic cable’s purpose is to protect the fibers during its installation and lifetime. Some modern cable designs have evolved to include more fibers in smaller cables that require more care in handling during installation. What’s changing with these new cables?

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  • Hurricane and Crisis Response Safety

    Sep 15, 2023 | Wesley L. Wheeler

    August, September and October are the most notorious months of hurricane season. While hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, the peak each year typically occurs around Labor Day. What precautions should you consider when a storm is approaching? Remember, if ordered by authorities to evacuate, follow those directions to protect yourself from what could be the devastating effects of wind, rain and flooding.

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  • Requirements for IT Room Equipment National Electrical Code

    Aug 14, 2023 | Michael Johnston

    Chapter 6 of the National Electrical Code covers special equipment. Article 645 specifically addresses electrical installations in IT rooms. For the provisions of Article 645 to be applied to an IT room, all specific requirements in Section 645.4 must be met. Otherwise, the electrical installation in the room shall comply with the general NEC requirements in chapters 1–4.

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  • Do You Know ISO? Safety

    Aug 14, 2023 | Wesley L. Wheeler

    Safety professionals must be familiar with many standards and regulations that have been developed in the United States and internationally. ISO 45001 and ISO 45003 are two international standards that provide guidance for use and implementation of Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. While many of the principles and characteristics of the various standards developed for safety have common themes, it is important to review all guidelines and standards to determine what is most appropriate for your employer to implement.

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  • Circuits and Pathways Life Safety Systems

    Aug 14, 2023 | Thomas P. Hammerberg

    How well do you know the latest requirements for fire alarm circuits and pathways? Test your knowledge on the 2022 NFPA 72.

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  • What's New in Fiber Optic Cables? Cabling

    Jul 14, 2023 | Jim Hayes

    Almost since the beginning, fiber optic cables for outside plant installation have been mostly loose tube cables with a few ribbon designs. But cable designs and how they are installed are changing. How well have you been keeping up with fiber optic cable technology changes?

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  • Fire Alarm Inspection, Testing and Maintenance Life Safety Systems

    Jun 15, 2023 | Thomas P. Hammerberg

    How well do you know the inspection, testing and maintenance requirements of NFPA 72? Some have changed in recent editions. Take this quiz to test your knowledge.

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  • Requirements for Special Conditions National Electrical Code

    Jun 15, 2023 | Michael Johnston

    Chapter 7 of the National Electrical Code is about special conditions, such as emergency systems, energy storage systems, on-site power generation and more. How well do you know the installation requirements for these systems?

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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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  • 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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