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Common Electrical Code Violations

When it comes to residential electrical projects, you probably shouldn’t do-it-yourself. Many homeowners and even inexperienced electricians make mistakes that could violate local or national electrical codes. See below to find out some common electrical code violations and be sure you aren’t making the same mistakes.


  • Neglecting to install GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) receptacles. These should be installed wherever there is a possibility of water coming into contact with your wiring or outlets.
  • Installing receptacles more than 3 feet away from the outside edge of the sink basin.
  • Placing receptacles on face-up countertops.

General Rooms

  • Spacing receptacles more than 12 feet apart.
  • Not having a receptacle on a wall space that is more than 24 inches wide.
  • No receptacles in hallways that are more than 10 feet long.


  • Not installing GFCI receptacles on countertops.
  • Installing receptacles more than 20 inches above the countertop.
  • Not placing at least one receptacle on an island or peninsula.

At Lon Lockwood 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). Give us a call when you need professional electrical work in the Rochester area