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Do I need GFCI for barn receptacle outlets?
Sunday, July 17, 2022
All 125-volt receptacle outlets in “dirt confinement areas for livestock” (such as barns) must have GFCI-protection, according to the National Electrical Code [NEC 547.5(G)]. But there is one exception allowed: "GFCI protection shall not be required for an accessible receptacle supplying a dedicated load where a GFCI protected receptacle is located within 900 mm (3 ft) of the non-GFCI-protected receptacle." So a single outlet receptacle (not a duplex) on a dedicated circuit which is plugged into, and specifically for, an installed appliance in a barn does not need GFCI-protection if there is another receptacle that is GFCI-protected nearby within 3-feet.
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