New electrical code from the NEC.
Beginning January 1, 2014, all outlets and switches will be required to
have a 4x10 inch sign above them which states what the device is, (ex:
OUTLET). The letters on the sign must be a florescent white which glows
in the dark, and the background is blaze orange. Every electrical
device in all homes and commercial buildings will be required to post
these signs above each and every outlet and switch in the structure.
The signs must be visible, meaning they can not be blocked by furniture,
appliances, or other objects. These signs will be required by law,
beginning January 1, 2014. After this date, inspectors will issue
citations to those who do not comply with this new requirement.
This applies to all electrical outlets, those with higher voltages such
as 240V range and dryer outlets will state the word "Outlet", followed
by "240 Volts". This rule also applies to all light and appliance
switches. Light fixtures which contain switches such as pull chain
types must be identified as "Light & Switch.
Items such phone jacks, cable connections, networking cables, and all
low voltage devices (under 49 volts), do not require labeling, with the
exception of fuse boxes and breaker panels, labeled as such, and
furnace thermostats, which must be labeled "Thermostat".
These signs will begin to become available at all electrical supply
stores and dealers, as well as hardware and home improvement retailers.
The signs will be constructed of a durable plastic, and will be
available in both self adhesive types for use on finished walls, as well
as screw on types for use in garages, sheds, barns and commercial
buildings which contain unfinished surfaces. These signs must be
attached to a solid piece of lumber or other backing material. They can
not be attached using duct tape or other temporary methods.
In the event that an outlet MUST be blocked from view, such as those
behind a refrigerator, that outlet will require TWO signs. One above
the outlet, and another sign above the appliance, with an arrow which
indicates the location of the outlet.
Inspectors will begin to check for compliance beginning around the
middle of January, 2014. All homes and other structures will be
required to have these signs in view according to the code.