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New Electrical Safety Rules Take Effect in Vermont

New rules are based on the 2017 NEC.

The Vermont Electricians’ Licensing Board and the Vermont Department of Public Safety, Division of Fire Safety recently completed their rule change for the State’s Electrical Safety Rules. These rules took effect on October 1, 2017. The new rules are based on the 2017 Edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC), but include the following amendments:

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210.8(A)(10) Laundry areas and rooms: GFCI protection shall be required for receptacles installed within 6 feet (1.8 m) of a washing machine or sink.

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210.12(D)(2): add number to first exception, now Exception No. 1, Branch Circuit Extensions or Modifications — Dwelling Units and Dormitory Units.

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210.12(D)(2) Exception No. 2: AFCI protection shall not be required where the extension of the existing conductors is used solely to hardwire single station smoke and or CO alarms in an existing dwelling or dormitory unit.

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230.70(A)(1)(1) Location. The service disconnecting means shall be installed at a readily accessible location either outside of a building or structure, or inside a building or structure nearest the point of entrance of the service conductors, not to exceed 10 feet of conductor length from the point of entrance.

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334.10(3) Exception: The 15-minute finish rating shall not be required in buildings or portions of buildings that are not required to be of fire resistance construction.

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334.12(A)(2)

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518.3(D)(D) Illumination of Means of Egress. Lighting circuits and illumination of means of egress shall be provided in accordance with Section 7.8 of the Life Safety Code (NFPA 101) as adopted under the Vermont Fire & Building Safety Code. [Note: see Annex II for a copy of this section as adopted.]

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520.5(C), Wiring Methods for Theaters and similar locations

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620.51(B) Disconnecting means: (elevator shunt-trip not required)

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690.12(C) Initiation Device: The initiation device(s) shall initiate the rapid shutdown function of the PV (photovoltaic) system. The device “off” position shall indicate that the rapid shutdown function has been initiated for all PV systems connected to that device. Initiation device(s) shall be located at a readily accessible location outside the building.

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