Building & Construction Codes - 10th Edition of Manitoba Electrical Code Now Available
On the job site ? construction, electrical or even do it your-selfers, it comes down to ?Code? Whether it?s new technologies or an update in the official Government of Canada building codes and standards it is all the sameOn the job site ? construction, electrical or even do it your-selfers, it comes down to ?Code?. Whether it?s new technologies or an update in the official Government of Canada building codes and standards it is all the same. You have to satisfy the building or safety codes or take a chance of your project being rejected by the building inspector or teams of inspectors at the last moment before occupancy. Simply put taking shortcuts are simply not worth it. Recently for the Manitoba building trades , the provincial regulatory authorities as well as those who oversee this vital work has introduced a new and upgraded codebook and sets of codes ?The 10?th Edition of the Manitoba Electrical Code?
Its not only that these building codes and permits apply to only commercial operations, they pass down to the simple mom and pop operation and even home handyman and do-it-yourselfers have to cognizant as well as knowledgeable of the new rules, guidelines and even demands which you may receive from your local and nearby sets of official inspectors, their crews and representatives.
Several new measures added to this year, during the 2009 / 2010 season will enhance electrical safety and help prevent children from electrical shocks. For example, new dwellings are required to include tamper resistant (TR) outlets and receptacles that will help overall in reducing those injuries that children seem to receive as a result of placing and inserting both their fingers and various conductive elements into unguarded electrical outlets without these safety TR outlet guards. Thus with the new tamper resistant fittings a single slot will not conduct electrical current to itself ? unlike the older , standard traditional outlets. With TR tamper ?resistant? receptacles only two and three prong plugs will activate electrical current.
Secondly updates to the Manitoba Electrical Code as well include specifications on the wiring required for hard wired carbon monoxide) CO) alarms as well. Overall in summary it can be summarized that the wiring for Carbon Monoxide CO alerting alarms must be essentially similar in nature, layout and installation to that of hard wired smoke alarms in homes, business, commercial buildings etc. This is being done to best ensure reliability as well as safety.
The Manitoba Electrical Code is updated and changed on a regular and ongoing basis to adapt both to the general Canadian building and electrical standards and standardization codes as well as keep up to date and current on changes in technology , electrical products on the marketplace and safety requirements and standards.
While it is true that changes to the ?Code? will have slight if not minimal effects on most Manitoba homeowners and property and landowners, householders and even renters. However with the recent increase in do-it-yourself projects in can be said that anyone who plans to do electrical work is advised that is best policy and indeed wise to get an official legal permit ahead of time. Whether it a home , business or industrial building, a bona-fide electrical permit from the local authorities will ensure that wiring or any wiring changes will meet the safety requirements outlined within the actual up to date current newly issued 10th edition of the Manitoba Electrical code , which is readily and widely available for consultation and reference.
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