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