Electrical Systems and Required Clearance
Do electrical systems require clearance and separation from other building systems? Is this a requirement of the fire code, electrical code, plumbing code, or the building code?
Which inspector is required to ensure clearance to electrical equipment is maintained at all times? Could it be the plumbing or the electrical inspector? What if all inspectors understand the proper installations to ensure a smooth project? I know the code world can seem complex, but what about the picture shown below?
I remember responding to a fire where a fish tank (big fish tank) was broken and the water rushed into the electrical distribution system in the basement. The sound it created was something like I have never heard before, not to mention the sound of the first in crew backing out as the cables arced in the conduit.
This installation is located in a new hotel where the plumbing makes a transitions right near the electrical distribution. So in this picture does this meet code?
Hint check the NEC or the local adopted fire code!
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