At Mister Sparky® electric, we strictly adhere to, and comply with, the local and national electrical codes as dictated by the National Electrical Code (NEC), which is published by the U.S. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 70).

The NEC is a United States standard for the safe installation of electrical wiring and equipment. While the NEC is not itself a U.S. law, the use of NEC is commonly mandated by state or local law, as well as in many jurisdictions outside of the United States. The NEC codifies the requirements for safe electrical installations into a single, standardized source.

Local jurisdictions and code enforcement boards inspect for compliance with the minimum standards, as set forth in code. The extensively trained and licensed technicians at Mister Sparky electrical comply with all local and state codes. Codes are the accepted baseline minimum values, codes like technology are always improving. Our techs are specifically trained to flag and take corrective action to keep your property and family safe.

Some electric code violation guidelines of interest include:


  • GFCI receptacles are required in bathrooms, this was introduced to code in the 90’s for most municipalities.
  • There must be a receptacle within 3 feet of the outside edge of sink basin
  • No receptacles face-up on countertops
  • To avoid critical overloading on receptacles where high wattage  power devices like hair dryers could be in use, there must be at least one separate 20 amp. branch circuit

General Rooms

  • There should be wall receptacles every 12 feet
  • Receptacles should be on any wall space that is more than 24 inches wide
  • Hallways more than 10 feet in length must have at least one receptacle


  • All countertops receptacles must be GFCI  (ground fault current interrupter)
  • There can be no receptacles more than 20 inches above countertops (Exceptions are for the physically handicapped and for islands or peninsulas where this is not possible)
  • There should be receptacles above all countertops that are 12 inches or wider
  • No face-up receptacles
  • At least one receptacle should be located on islands or peninsulas

Electrical Home Inspection

Inspections are quick and remarkably affordable. By making sure you have a thorough electrical inspection completed by a qualified Mister Sparky electrician before buying, selling or remodeling a home, you can help ensure your home's electrical system operates at the highest level of safety possible. Our trained technicians can provide whole house re-wiring and evaluation of your circuits to ensure compliance to code and the safe delivery of electrical current within your home.

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