Wisconsin Chapter Plays Key Role in Retention of Safety Codes
IAEI Wisconsin Chapter’s advocacy played a key role in ensuring that the mandatory safety requirements remain in the Wisconsin Electrical Code. The chapter was at the forefront of protecting public safety by leveraging media attention to the Governor’s actions to remove AFCI, GFCI, and tamper-resistant receptacles.
Governor Scott Walker, on the advice of the local home builders, had seriously considered removing these three urgent life-saving codes from the Wisconsin Electrical Code. After much consideration of the facts presented by IAEI’s local advocacy and other concerned citizens, he rejected the proposal and instructed that the safety codes remain in place.
Both the Wisconsin Chapter and the International Office advocate keeping these vital safety requirements in all electrical safety codes. These codes are designed to detect fire-causing conditions, to stop electric shocks and to keep children from sticking foreign objects into electrical outlets. IAEI inspectors have proven time and time again, through local surveys of costs across the country, that the additional costs of these installations are miniscule in the larger cost of building or remodeling a home.
The National Electrical Code, upon which the Wisconsin Electrical Code is based, mandates that home builders install arc-fault circuit-interrupter (AFCI) protection, ground-fault circuit-interrupter (GFCI) protection, and tamper-resistant receptacles in new construction and most remodeling.
IAEI Michigan Chapter is also currently at the forefront of protecting electrical safety in Michigan against the 6-year adoption cycle. IAEI members are also fighting a new bill in Michigan that will exempt inspections in manufacturing facilities.
Other IAEI members across the country are initiating and driving electrical safety and code adoption issues.