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City of San Antonio Adopts New Child Electrical Safety Code
Second Prominent Texas Jurisdiction to Implement New Code Requirements
San Antonio, Texas, March 11, 2009 — The City of San Antonio recently adopted the 2008
?National Electrical Code (NEC) with its tamper-resistant outlet requirement included, making it the electrical installation standard throughout the city. The Code is scheduled to take effect April 1,
The NEC makes several new electrical safety provisions, including Section 406.11, stating that all
125-volt 15- and 20-ampere electrical outlets (receptacles) in new residential construction must be
tamper-resistant. Each year, thousands of children suffer injuries caused by inserting objects into
electrical outlets, and tamper-resistant receptacles protect against such incidents.
Using a built-in shutter system, tamper-resistant receptacles prevent foreign objects from touching electrically live components when they’re inserted into the slots, but plugs can be inserted and removed just as with standard electrical outlets. Unlike plastic outlet caps, which can be removed
or forgotten, tamper-resistant receptacles offer automatic, continuous and permanent protection against electrical burns.
“Adopting the tamper resistant outlet requirement marks a tremendous advancement for the electrical industry, for home safety, and especially for families,” said Andrei Moldoveanu, technical director at the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). “The new Code affords San
Antonio children the most reliable protection against electrical injuries.”
While unfamiliar to many homeowners, pediatric care wards have required hospital grade tamper-
resistant receptacles for more than 20 years. And, even with their invaluable protection, the
projected compliance costs using residential grade products are minimal.
NEMA estimates that tamper-resistant receptacles would add less than $70 to the cost of a new
home’s electrical system.
San Antonio joins an impressive list of Texas cities such as Houston, Dallas, Amarillo, Carrollton, and Plano to implement the 2008 NEC outside of the state adoption.
As of March 1, 2009, the NEC had taken effect in Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa,
Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota,
Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington and
Wyoming. Several Alabama and Illinois jurisdictions had also begun enforcement.
Parents, homeowners, and building and electrical professionals wanting to learn about tamper-
resistant receptacles, child safety statistics, and Code details can view an informational video and
other resources at NEMA’s Real Safety Web site: www.childoutletsafety.org. Additional
information can be found at Electrical Safety Foundation International: www.esfi.org.
The NEC is an American National Standard developed by electrical safety experts under strict rules to ensure openness and broad representation by all interests. NEC adoption takes place on
a state-by-state basis.
NEMA is the trade association of choice for the electrical manufacturing industry. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its approximately 450 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end-use
of electricity. These products are used in utility, medical imaging, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. Domestic production of electrical products sold worldwide exceeds $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also
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