In 2005, according to statistics from the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), electrical fires damaged approximately 20,900 homes, killed approximately 500 people, and damaged over $860 million in property. Although short-circuits and overloads account for some of these fires, arcing is responsible for the majority of them which are undetectable by traditional (non-AFCI) circuit breakers.
What are arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs)?
Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) are a special type of electrical receptacle outlets (circuit breakers) that are designed to detect and respond to potentially dangerous electrical arcs in your homes branch wiring.
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