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GracePort® Inside-Outlet™
You may wonder why we have a GFCI outlet on th
inside of the GracePort. Here's the answer.
This concept came about in response to a
2002 NFPA 79 mandate that required control
panel utility outlets to have GFCI protection.
Internal control panel utility outlets have
always been the industry standard, however,
utility outlets mounted externally to the
enclosure need to be covered to maintain the
NEMA rating when not in use. Going this far
back in Grace's history is the perfect chance to

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showcase our original ad work for the
GracePort's Inside-Outlet from 2006!
Electrical safety standards consistently spur
innovation and idea generation. In the case of
the GFCI test, Grace was challenged to find
another way to apply a simple utility outlet
within a control panel. Per the NFPA 79 code,
a GFCI can only be proven effective when its
TEST/RESET function is performed monthly

under live power. Unfortunately, opening a
control panel requires qualified personnel to
don protective clothing, turning a simple
30-second test into a 30-minute task. Grace
found the perfect solution for maintenance
personnel to operate the GFCI test function
from outside of the enclosure which is made
possible by the GracePort's Inside-Outlet.
As you can see from this original ad from the
early days, Grace's Inside-Outlet is unique
because it has three GFCI-protected
receptacles; two outside and one inside the
panel. Additionally, this GFCI receptacle's
purpose provides a trouble-free step toward
complying with NFPA 79, which states all
externally-mounted utility receptacles must be
GFCI protected and tested every 30 days.
Accomplishing this directive is simple and
time efficient with Inside-Outlet.
The non-GFCI outlets inside a panel can be
wired through the Inside-Outlet, which is then
externally mounted on the panel door. Now
testing is easy and more efficient. Simply walk
up to the door (sans PPE), flip the protective
cover, and push the button.

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