In order to keep our families and possessions safe, we need to collectively work to keep our homes up to code! We’ve decided to compile a few things together to help you get started.
1. Electrical Errors
Electrical errors are the most common way people have code violations within your home. Everyone should be checking their electrical service panel! Here are some great tips to make sure your electrical system is up to date, thanks to Fine Homebuilding
- Protect wiring from nails and screws.
- Don’t mix line-voltage and low-voltage wires.
- Don’t stuff too many wires into a switch or outlet box.
- Use a splice box when installing a new fixture to old wire.
- Don’t use wire runs as a clothesline.
- Don’t overcrowd holes with too many wires.
- Make sure recessed lights don’t become fire hazards.
- Don’t disable a smoke detector with bad placement.
- Don’t bury splice boxes. It’s dangerous.
You’d probably be surprised how many homes struggle with handrail violations. The stairs are the most common place people get injured in their homes! It’s important to make sure that we are properly protected around them. Your handrails must go all the way down the length of the stairs, and return to the wall. Your handrails need to be placed 34-38 in. above the nose of the stairs, and must be 1-1/4 to 2-5/8 inches wide.
When you build a deck onto a house, there is a right way to do it. It MUST be attached to the home with a secured ledger board. According to the North American Deck and Railing Association, 40 million residential decks were built prior to 1990—before the current codes for decks were drafted. Check your home, and make sure your decks are safe for use.