“What is an
arc fault circuit interrupter(AFCI) exactly?” It’s a type of advanced circuit breaker that
helps to reduce the threat of an electrical fire. AFCIs protect circuits,
and when they detect a potentially dangerous electrical arc, they break
the circuit to prevent a fire.
AFCIs are pretty cool things. They can distinguish between harmless arcs
and potentially dangerous ones, such as one that occurs in an old lamp
cord with a conductor that’s not working. AFCIs are handy and potentially
life-saving inventions. They can detect all kinds of electrical threats
(arcing electrical faults) as to prevent the electrical system from igniting
an electrical fire.
AFCIs were added into electrical codes in the late 1990s; however, there
are myths circulating about AFCIs, which we wanted to shed light on. These
myths or misconceptions are often believed as truths by home and business
owners, and even some novice electricians.
Myth #1: AFCIs Don’t Really Save Lives
This simply isn’t true. AFCIs are very important and they do save
lives – this has been proven repeatedly. Go to
www.afcisafety.org to read success stories where these breakers saved people and property.
One of the leading causes of home electrical fires is arc faults. According
to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were on average
40,000 residential fires each year in the 1990s that were attributed to
home electrical wiring. The CPSC reported that more than 50 percent of
those fires could have been prevented with AFCIs.
Myth #2: AFCIs Only Protect the Appliances Plugged into Specific Outlets
It is a misconception that AFCIs only protect the devices or appliances
that are plugged into a defective outlet that leads to an electric arc,
but in reality AFCIs protect entire circuits, including the electrical
panel, the wires that run through the walls downstream, and anything else
that’s plugged into the outlets connected to the same circuit.
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