SAFETY DE­VICES

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To re­duce fa­tal­i­ties from on­board shocks and ESD, var­i­ous or­ga­ni­za­tions have de­vel­oped new stan­dards. The Amer­i­can Boat and Yacht Coun­cil (ABYC) is­sues rec­om­mended stan­dards for recre­ational boats, while the Na­tional Fire and Pro­tec­tion As­so­ci­a­tion (NFPA) de­vel­ops elec­tri­cal stan­dards known as NEC (Na­tional Elec­tric Code). Th­ese stan­dards are nei­ther na­tional, nor stan­dard code— they are rec­om­men­da­tions—and it is up to each state or lo­cal­ity to adopt them. ABYC fo­cuses on your boat, while the NFPA has turned its at­ten­tion to mari­nas. Over the last decade NFPA has been de­vel­op­ing and im­ple­ment­ing new stan­dards to ad­dress the ma­rina side of the is­sue, re­sult­ing in changes to dock pedestals that have cre­ated some con­fu­sion and frus­tra­tion for boaters.

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