This standard relates to any exposed electrical conductor that presents a hazard. This includes an electrical conductor that is not enclosed or properly insulated (e.g., damaged sheathing, open port, missing knockout, missing outlet or switch cover, missing breaker or fuse, or a missing lightbulb) or an opening or gap is present and measures greater than 1⁄2 inch.
- This standard does not include low-voltage wires.
- Whether or not these connections are behind a locked door is not a factor in this inspection.
- These conditions should be cited regardless of who has access to a room where the wiring is located.
- If the manufacturer intentionally designs a device with a gap or space to support ventilation, it should not be evaluated under this standard.
- If a lightbulb is missing from a fixture, then it should be evaluated under the Lighting Standards
Example conductors to be evaluated under this deficiency include but are not limited to:
- Device cover plates that are missing (i.e., evidence of prior installation but are now missing or incomplete).
- Device cover plates that are damaged (i.e., visibly defective; impacts functionality).
- Lighting fixtures
- Hardwired smoke alarms.
- Visible wire nuts on electrical conductors.
- Wiring that is insulated but not protected by sheathing or conduit.
|Def#||Deficiency||Severity||Repair Due||HCV Rating|
|1||Outlet or switch is damaged||Life Threatening||24 Hours||Fail|
|2||Improperly wired or grounded outlet||Severe||24 Hours**||Fail|
|3||Electric outlet inoperable (no visible damage)||Severe||24 Hours**||Fail|
|4||Exposed electrical conductor||Life Threatening||24 Hours||Fail|
|4||Gap of 1/2”+ in any high-voltage electrical apparatus||Life Threatening||24 Hours||Fail|
|4||Electrical conductor is not properly insulated/enclosed||Life Threatening||24 Hours||Fail|
|5||Water is currently in contact with an electrical conductor||Life Threatening||24 Hours||Fail|
**HCV/PBV Correction Timeframe for this standard is 30 Days