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Does the receptacle outlet in a garage for a sprinkler control panel have to be GFCI-protected?
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Because a sprinkler control panel mounted on the wall of a garage is considered by the National Electrical Code (NEC) to be a dedicated appliance that is not easily movable, it was allowed an exemption for many years from the requirement for GFCI-protection for garage receptacles. But the receptacle that it was plugged into had to be a single-outlet type.
Then the 2008 edition of the NEC eliminated that exemption, and now requires all garage receptacles, including sprinkler control panel receptacles, to be GFCI-protected, with only one narrow exemption: “receptacles that are not readily accessible AND are supplied by a dedicated branch circuit for electric snow-melting or deicing equipment” that is permanently installed.
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