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Code Quiz: Grounding Requirements for Switches

NEC guidelines on grounding requirements for switches


When grounding a switch contained within a non-metallic box, what is an acceptable method for making the connection? The switch has a metal yoke.

A. A wiring method that provides an equipment grounding conductor.

B. A wiring method that includes an equipment grounding conductor.

C. A or B

D. An external bonding jumper to connect the switch yoke to any nearby grounding electrode or grounded surface.


Answer: C

Article 404 covers switches. As noted in the second paragraph of 404.12, "… a wiring method that provides or includes an equipment grounding conductor" is acceptable.

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