U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Service Food and Drug Administration 1997 Food Code ... Functionality
6-202.11 Light Bulbs, Protective Shielding. (A) Except as specified in ¶ (B) of this section, light bulbs shall be shielded, coated, or otherwise shatter-resistant in areas where there is exposed food; ...
Re: Open Air Markets, does the NEC Apply?#86028 09/08/0303:00 PM09/08/0303:00 PM
The stands are put up early on Friday afternoon and taken down last on Saturday afternoon, 52 week a year!!
Some serious problems there and the hazards are many and most of the cords were replace with 3 wire cords, some of which are run on the pavement of cobblestones.
I will look for a few other areas and send them for posting.
PS: The vendor threw a potato at me when he saw me taking the picture, and naturally his face could not be shown for good reasons, every time I pass his stand I take a magic picture again, the wires some think ar rope-x are extension cords.
Joe Tedesco, NEC Consultant
Re: Open Air Markets, does the NEC Apply?#86030 09/08/0311:52 PM09/08/0311:52 PM
Joe, does he throw a tuber at you every time you take a picture? If I were you, I'd pick them up....by the end of the month, you'll have enough for a good stew!!!
Back to topic:
There's a small vegetable/fruits and dry goods store on the corner where I go to catch the train (where I frequently do some grocery shopping).
Said establishment operates 24 hours so under the awning that extends over the sidwalk, the owner has hung some zip-cord extensions and connected some plug adapters that allow you to screw in a lightbulb into a two-pin receptacle.
Each extension cord has two of these things hanging from it. The flex then loops over the horizontals supporting the tarps, knot and then plug into some wall sockets mounted above the doors to the store.
The bulbs are the high-wattage long-necked ones..(probably 100 watts) and they shine over the produce sitting in the bins in the tarp-enclosed awning.
So as you walk in at night, you're greeted with six lightbulbs dangling in front of you....
I've been living in this neighborhood (Washington Heights, NYC) for over seven years...
Been like that as far as I've known it.
Re: Open Air Markets, does the NEC Apply?#86031 09/09/0306:55 AM09/09/0306:55 AM
You do have to THINK at an application such as this. For example, consider both the temporary and "suitable for application" principles.
The portable nature of the booths, as well as public traffic, might be the basis for requiring wire supports in excess of the NEC requirements for NMC. Traffic might justify requiring the use of twist-lock plugs where the hook-up is made. Inspections should also target over-fusing. GFI's at the panel might also be sensible.