North Carolina May Relax Circuit Breaker Rule in Building Code

December 12, 2008

The North Carolina Building Code Council has taken the first step toward relaxing a special-circuit breaker requirement in new homes.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported the council voted unanimously this week to begin the process that could weaken a rule approved earlier this year. The General Assembly told the panel to take a second look at the idea, which takes effect next month.

Some home builders say expanded use of what are called “arc fault circuit interrupters” is unnecessary because modern codes already prevent electrical fires. But supporters argue they aren’t that expensive and could save lives.

The interrupters have been required in all new bedrooms.

A council committee now will examine the issue. There will also be a public hearing. A change wouldn’t take effect until June.


Information from: The News & Observer,

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