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When was GFCI-protection for kitchen dishwasher receptacle outlet first required?
Sunday, June 17, 2018
The requirement for GFCI-protection for the dishwasher receptacle was added with the 2014 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC 210.8[C]). The only other kitchen location the NEC specifies GFCI-protection is the receptacles, where they are “installed to serve the countertop surfaces” [NEC210.8[A](8)]. So they are not required at regular wall receptacles in the kitchen.
While the year that the NEC added a new requirement is easy to define, each local juridiction’s building codes don’t necessarily adopt the latest edition of the NEC immediately. The state of Florida, for example, did not make the 2011 NEC effective until mid-2015. Other jurisdictions have sometimes waited even longer to adopt a newer NEC edition and, to complicate things further, they might make amendments that exclude parts of the newest requirements. So the year when the NEC first adds or changes a requirement can be several years before your local building department adopted that edition of the code and began enforcing it.
GFCI-receptacles have significantly reduced the number of electrocution since they began phasing in about 40 years ago, but there are several electrical hazards they do not protect against. See our blog posts Are Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) really necessary and worth the trouble? and What electrical hazards does a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) NOT protect against?
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