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Must a common trip breaker be used for all multiwire branch circuits to shut off all of the phase conductors?

Multiwire branch circuits that supply switches, receptacles, or equipment on the same yoke must be provided with a means to disconnect simultaneously all ungrounded conductors that supply those devices or equipment at the point where the branch circuit originates [210.4(B) and 210.7(B)]. This can be accomplished by single-pole circuit breakers with handle ties identified for the purpose or a 2- or 3-pole breaker with common internal trip [240.20(B)(1)].


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