Nec Electrical Code
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Finding applicable codes for security work can be a costly task, with printed books and pdf downloads costing hundreds or thousands. However, a number of widely referenced codes are avavailable free online if you know the right places to search. The NFPA provides the standards used as code basis for multiple aspects of security integration, including the National Electrical Code, authoritative Life-Safety guidelines for access control, and multiple related standards for Fire Alarms, Firewalls, and Fire Doors. The NFPA provides free online reference access to all ther latest versions of all standards after free registration is completed. The most relevant NFPA standards used in security include:. While the scope of the codes mainly apply to high-voltage electrical work of more than Volts, security work and devices like PoE or small gauge cabled hardware using less voltage are also given prime attention. One of the most important guidelines of electronic access is NFPA , the foundation behind how to install access and still preserve safe egress.
It is typically adopted by states and municipalities in an effort to standardize their enforcement of safe electrical practices. The " authority having jurisdiction " inspects for compliance with these minimum standards. First published in , the NEC is updated and published every three years, with the edition being the most current. Most states adopt the most recent edition within a few of years of its publication. As with any "uniform" code, jurisdictions may regularly omit or modify some sections, or add their own requirements sometimes based upon earlier versions of the NEC, or locally accepted practices. However, no court has faulted anyone for using the latest version of the NEC, even when the local code was not updated.