Safety: Neutrals, Grounds, and Bonds

Avoid lethal outcomes by understanding the role of each type of connection.

Confusion between these terms can, and does, produce lethal outcomes. Article 100 of the NEC clearly distinguishes between them:

  • Neutral: A conductor that is intended to carry current under normal conditions and is connected to the neutral point. It is typically, but not necessarily, the grounded conductor.
  • Ground: The earth.
  • Bond: A connection that establishes electrical continuity and connectivity.

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