Surge Protective Devices (SPD), formerly known as Transient Voltage Surge Suppressors (TVSS) have been around for a long time. The most recognized version is integrated into outlet strips and used to protect sensitive electronics from surges, or higher than expected voltages on the power line. Early versions of these surge strips were known to have problems where internal components could overheat and cause a fire. Thermal protection was added to the designs to greatly reduce the potential for a fire hazard. Such an implementation in an outlet strip is considered a Type 3 SPD. Read More
Temporary wiring is just that….temporary, and is typically used for repair and maintenance projects. In this blog I am going to discuss guidance offered by Article 590 of the National Electric Code (NEC), as well as some points to consider when using temporary wiring, including extension cords and holiday lighting.
Before each use, extension cords need to be inspected for visual damage. Cords with cuts or splits to the insulation need to be discarded. Cords with damage to the connectors, including those that feel loose when connected, need to be taken out of service. Failure to properly select and use extension cords can have a catastrophic result. Read More