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Does a receptacle outlet that is not readily accessible still need GFCI protection?
Friday, December 11, 2020
A receptacle outlet that is not readily accessible is not exempt from the requirement for GFCI-protection if it is in an area listed by the National Electrical Code [NEC 210.8 (A thru E)] as requiring GFCI, such as on the ceiling of the garage for a door opener, or on an exterior soffit. But a GFCI-device with test and reset buttons to protect the not-readily-accessible receptacle must be in another location that is readily accessible. This can be accomplished by using a GFCI-breaker in the panel or placing a GFCI-receptacle upstream in the circuit from the receptacle.
Receptacles that are not readily accessible were once exempt from the GFCI requirement, but it was changed in the 2008 edition of the NEC. To learn more, see our blog post Is a ceiling receptacle outlet for a garage door opener required to be GFCI protected? Also, for a definition of “readily accessible” go to What does a home inspector mean by calling something "not readily accessible”?
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