NFPA releases 2014 National Electrical Code

Digital formats, NEC code book, and training available

August 15, 2013 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) today released the 2014 National Electrical Code® (NEC®) in digital format. It is available in PDF and through the National Fire Codes® Subscription Service All Access (NFCSS). The hard copy of the code will be available by the end of August and the first of several open registration four-day seminars based on the 2014 edition will take place at NFPA headquarters in Quincy, Mass. the week of August 19.

"To members of the electrical community, especially those that live and breathe the NEC, the release of the latest edition of the code is highly anticipated because it provides the most up-to-date electrical safety requirements that will impact their work," said Mark Earley, NFPA’s chief electrical engineer.

The NEC sets the standard for safe electrical installation and inspection to protect people and property from electrical hazards. It is one of the most widely used codes for the built environment in the world. NFPA has been the developer and publisher of the NEC since 1911.

"I would argue that the NEC is equally as important to people outside of the electrical community, many of whom may not even know it exists, yet are protected daily from fire and electrical hazards because of it and have been for years," added Earley. "The NEC protects people in all aspects of their lives – everything from requiring tamper resistant receptacles in homes to prevent children from inserting an object and risking electrical shock to requirements for safety for renewable energy such as photovoltaic systems and wind turbines, and charging stations for electric vehicles."

In addition to publishing the code, NFPA offers companion resources and education to help professionals learn how to understand and apply the latest code. A host of resources are coming soon including the 2014 NEC Handbook, pocket guides for residential and commercial applications, ebooks and an app. Many items are more accessible than ever and are offered in a variety of formats with options to purchase as a set and have content available in both print and digital formats.

A new online destination, nec connect, was recently launched to provide members of the electrical community and others interested in electrical issues with news, information, tips, learning resources and networking opportunities related to NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code® (NEC®). The website, necconnect.org, is a resource for installers and contractors, designers and engineers, code enforcers, and policymakers for all things related to the NEC. It is a place where participants can engage with others who share an interest in electrical safety. The NEC sets the standard for safe electrical installations in homes, businesses, industry and institutions.

For more information on the 2014 NEC, visit www.nfpa.org/70.

About the National Electrical Code®
NFPA has been the developer and publisher of NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code® (NEC®) since 1911. The NEC continues to be the most widely used code for the built environment in the world, establishing the standard for safe electrical installations. The code has been adopted in nearly every state in the U.S., in many territories, and in several countries.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. NFPA develops more than 300 codes and standards to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other hazards. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed at no cost at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.

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