I interpret 210.8(B) to cover all 15A and 20A, 125V receptacle outlets located in the kitchen area. My misgivings are that a number of these receptacles supply fixed appliances such as refrigerators and coolers where a loss of power due to a malfunctioning GFCI will cause things such as food spoilage. Am I intepreting this section correctly?
Ryan, that's the way I read it too! I wonder if the Code writing committee gave thought to that particular issue. I really can see the owners taking out those GFCIs right after the final inspection. They're not going to tolerate the loss. I got two GFCI's in an outbuilding that are about two years old and have already failed that I'm going to replace.
Re: Commercial Kitchen Receptacles#98734 02/17/0509:12 AM02/17/0509:12 AM
If that's the case then stuff like small coolers are usually emptied at the end of the night and their contents put into the walk-in cooler(s). The same with small freezers. During the day there should be enough people around at all times that if something tripped, someone oughta notice and be able to correct it.
I used to manage a restaurant and this wouldn't have concerned me at all.
In a home, on the other hand, someone is far less likely to notice before spoilage sets in.
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Re: Commercial Kitchen Receptacles#98736 02/17/0509:25 AM02/17/0509:25 AM
Ryan, Yeah I'm going to replace mine with GFCIs, I can tell you that there are plenty of people who wouldn't. Your statement, "I doubt the CMP cares about some spoiled food" triggers a nerve about the regard that the CMP gives to economic issues. I bet those restaurant owners will care about it. Anyway thanks for confirming my reading on this section of code.
Iwire, I see your point about saving a life, but I hope that these changes the CMP makes are based on more than just a few isolated instances. You sound like you may be familiar with the Code making process. Do these CMP's try to gather data from other sources, such as OSHA, to determine if new proposals brought forward in the code making process are warranted?