2016 NFPA 73 Standard - Current Edition
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    Identify electrical fire and shock risks and keep existing homes up-to-code with the 2016 edition of NFPA 73.

    Developed by NFPA®, the NEC® source, for the home inspection community along with apartment complex managers and homeowners, NFPA 73: Standard for Electrical Inspections for Existing Dwellings has the latest provisions home inspectors need for verifying the safety of electrical systems in one- and two-family homes, multi-family dwellings with three or more units, mobile homes, and manufactured homes.

    Determine compliance objectives based on the NFPA 70®: National Electrical Code® (NEC).

    The 2016 NFPA 73 helps users identify AFCI and GFCI protection requirements by NEC edition. Updated, user-friendlier Annex tables show when and where AFCI and GFCI protection were required, so it's easy to look up provisions based on the year the dwelling was built.

    Confidently pinpoint dangerous fire and shock risks.

    Potential fire and shock hazards in aging homes are classified with coverage of topics in a technical report issued by the Fire Protection Research Foundation. NFPA 73 calls out areas that require investigation, examination, or inspection, including coverage of incorrect conductor insulation temperature for wiring of luminaries, and inappropriately used conductors or cables.

    Consult NFPA 73 prior to an existing dwelling sale and during/after renovations.

    Promote public safety in your community with thorough inspections of electrical systems in existing dwellings. Insist on the latest edition of NFPA 73. (Print, 17 pp., 2016)


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  • Table of Contents (2016 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 73 Standard for Electrical Inspections for Existing Dwellings, 2016 Edition

    Chapter 1 Administration
    1.1 Scope.
    1.2 Purpose.
    1.3 Application.
    1.4 Equivalency.
    Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
    2.1 General.
    2.2 NFPA Publications.
    2.3 Other Publications.
    2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections.
    Chapter 3 Definitions
    3.1 General.
    3.2 NFPA Official Definitions.
    3.3 General Definitions.
    Chapter 4 General Requirements
    4.1 General Examination and Use of Installed Equipment.
    4.2 Services, Outside Feeders, and Outside Branch Circuits.
    4.3 Panelboards and Distribution Equipment.
    4.4 Overcurrent Protective Devices.
    4.5 Cables, Cable Assemblies, and Conductors.
    4.6 Flexible Cords and Cables.
    4.7 Raceways.
    4.8 Permanently Connected Luminaires (Lighting Fixtures).
    4.9 Boxes and Enclosures.
    4.10 General-Use Switches and Receptacles.
    Chapter 5 Appliances and Special Equipment
    5.1 Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters.
    5.2 Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Alarms.
    5.3 Appliances and Utilization Equipment.
    5.4 Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters.
    5.5 Ceiling-Suspended (Paddle) Fans.
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B National Electrical Code References
    Annex C Sample Ordinance Adopting NFPA 73
    Annex D Informational References
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