According to the 2005 NEC, panic hardware on personnel doors of electrical equipment rooms is required for which of the following scenarios?

A) On all doors leading into or out of electrical equipment rooms
B) Only on the doors that allow entrance or exit of personnel
C) Only personnel doors, when any one (or more) piece(s) of electrical equipment that contains overcurrent devices, switching devices, or control devices is wider than 6 feet and 1,200A or more
D) Only personnel doors, when any one (or more) piece(s) of electrical equipment that contains overcurrent devices, switching devices, or control devices is 1,200A or more.

Answer: D)

Explanation: Per a 2005 NEC change, the “over 6 feet width” requirement has been deleted. As long as the electrical equipment is 1,200A or more, panic hardware is required for all personnel doors leading into or out of the electrical equipment room.

Owen is the owner and president of National Code Seminars and the holder of master electrician certifications in 46 states.