The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is responsible to protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, it is estimated that faulty home wiring causes more than 40,000 home fires each year. Sadly, these fires cause serious injury to 1,400 people and kill an additional 350. In their quest to keep us safe, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends AFCIs be installed in all homes to reduce this risk of fire.
An AFCI is a breaker that identifies arcing faults (small sparks) through de-energizing the circuit. An arching fault has a unique “signature waveform” that the AFCI identifies as dangerous and a potential fire hazard. People erroneously assume that the circuit breakers and fuses prevent electrical fires. This is incorrect. The AFCI is what reacts to early arching and sparking within the home wiring. If no AFCI is installed, the circuit breaker will trip, but by that time, a fire could have already begun.
Since 2002, all new homes are required to have AFCIs installed in all new homes’ bedrooms. We recommend that our customers install AFCI protection in their homes, especially in older homes that have aging wiring systems. Older homes can easily be fitted with AFCIs to provide added fire protection.
As AFCI installation requires working with the circuit panel, only a licensed electrician is qualified to perform the installation. If you do not know if your home has AFCIs, give Leo’s Electric Corp. a call. Installing AFCIs will give you the piece of mind in knowing that you are doing all you can to protect your family. Smoke alarms are in virtually every home. They detect the presence of an actual fire. AFCIs prevent the fire from starting in the first place and are your first defense to keeping your family safe.
To schedule an Appointment call or email Leo’s Electric Corp at (631) 287.2200