Reviewing the National Electric Code (NEC) often comes whenever there’s a need to start electrical works. Explanations on the many requirements and rules are presented in this codebook while at the same time providing safety guidelines. There’s a very strong need to conform to the NEC code when choosing a location for a new breaker panel or even a replacement.
Some basics for how our breaker panels are affected by electric codes will be discussed here. And this will cover situations of new construction and also the replacement of panels. For when you are adding circuits, getting your circuit breakers rearranged or even adding a sub-panel, make sure you employ the services of an electrician so as to get a job rightly done. This way, you’ll be sure to have met the electrical inspection requirement while also ticking the very important box of safety too.
Getting the right location and clearance
As a matter of fact, the decision on the placement of the breaker panel has to be the first important point to consider. Above all, it must be placed in a safe and easily accessible location. In other words, the location can’t be an overcrowded place. Expected right in its front is a clearance of at least 3 feet. Also expected is a weatherproofed box for a situation when we have any plumbing close to the place.
Here are a few more details:
The least height off the ground required for placement of a breaker panel is 4 feet and also not higher than 6 feet
A working space of at least 30 inches in width and from the ground up, 72 inches.
These clearances should be rid of large objects of any sort such as furniture for easy accessibility.
It’s a matter of must for circuit breakers to be labeled. If your circuit breakers happen not to be marked or that power does not turn off when you flip a breaker, you certainly need to talk to an electrician so as to figure out what could be wrong.
Life gets easier for you and even your electrician when your breaker panel is labeled. Labeling breaker panels also makes things easy for first responders in times of emergency. There may be a need for emergency personnel such as firefighters to shut off power during emergencies and having labeled breakers will very much give them less stress.
Grounding and Neutral Terminals
For appropriate breaker panel safety, the NEC makes available several safety codes by defining the appropriate installation and connection guides for grounding and neutral terminals. For example, you can only attach just one neutral conductor to each neutral terminal. The breaker panel’s metal cabinet has to be connected to a grounding conductor.
There are lots of explicit codes for methods for wires connection and cables to terminals, conductors types used and safe arrangement. In short, all cables and wires must be connected safely.
You Can Always Talk to an Electrician Whenever You Are in Doubt
Professionals can always explain the rules to you. For instance, a situation when you are thinking if you can place your breaker panel in your closet. Of course, you can, so long as the closet is not in or very much close to a bathroom. Nonetheless, the working clearance which is expected to be around the panel must be in place. In other words, a very much appropriate closet will be a large one with adequate empty space