Are you putting others at risk? States vary widely in how promptly, or even if, they update to the latest edition of NFPA 70: National Electrical Code® (NEC®). Not adhering to the latest edition can lead to serious shortfalls in electrical safety for citizens and a failure to protect first responders and workers from preventable dangers. NFPA Fire & Life Safety Policy Institute Director Meghan Housewright and Jeff Sargent, NFPA regional electrical code specialist discuss the Policy Institute’s research report, “Falling Behind on Electrical Safety” and share local code update insights.

Topics for Discussion: 1. Rely on experts for timely updates. States with electrical boards are more efficient and informed. 2. Prioritize updates of the NEC. Waiting to update the NEC with other codes creates inevitable delays in advancing electrical safety and technology. 3. Consider costs holistically and in context. The cost of electrical-related direct property loss is significant. Focusing solely on costs of compliance ignores the potential benefits of lives and dollars saved. 4. Policymakers can make the difference to ensure safety. How can you influence and inform leaders?

Meghan Housewright, NFPA Fire & Life Safety Policy Institute Director
Jeff Sargent, NFPA National Electrical Code Specialist

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