Arc Fault Breakers

Why does my home need arc-fault breakers?

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Arcing and sparking are the cause of more than 40,000 home fires, claim over 350 and injure 1,400 victims annually according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

In 2002 the National Electric Code (NEC) made a change that required arc fault breakers to be installed in bedroom circuits in ALL new homes to help prevent fires caused by arcing and sparking. Homes built prior to this year are not required to have them, but it is a highly recommended addition.

What is an arc-fault and an Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI)?

An arc-fault is an unintentional discharge of electricity in a circuit. An Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter is a circuit breaker designed to prevent fires by detecting a non-working (i.e., non-intended/non-useful) electrical arc and disconnecting the power before the arc starts a fire.

Causes of an Arc-Fault

Arc faults can occur anywhere in your electrical system as a result of:

  • Overtime wires that are stapled too tightly to wood
  • Damaged or worn insulation on wire
  • Loose electrical connections
  • Damaged plug-in appliance cords
  • Accidental piercing of electrical cable behind drywall with drill bit, nail or screw
  • Electrical cable staples hammered too tightly into studs during rough wiring
  • Cord exposure to heat vents, sunlight, or foot traffic

Don’t confuse AFCI’s with Circuit Breakers or GFCI’s

Typical household fuses and circuit breakers only respond to overloads and short circuits; so they do not protect against arcing conditions that produce erratic current. By the time a fuse or circuit breaker opens a circuit to defuse these conditions, a fire may have already begun.

Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI’s) are an affective means of preventing severe electrical shock by detecting the loss of current in a circuit, but do not protect against arcing conditions that produce erratic current flow.

For the best protection your home can have against electrical fires call Mister Quik today!

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