Arcing Faults

Arc Faults

Picture 40 300x222 Arcing Faults
An "electrical fire" can be defined as a fire involving some type of electrical failure or malfunction. If equipment powered by electricity fails, a fire may occur.
According to Leviton, a manufacturer of electrical equipment and devices, arcing faults are responsible for starting more than 28,000 home fires each year in the U.S.
Arcing occurs when a connection is loose or wires or cords are damaged, resulting in ignition. Of that 28,000 home fires, just 5,300 of them start in the vicinity of receptacles, meaning a majority of arcing faults occur in hidden locations.
The electrical safety foundation in their October Fire Prevention infographic, stated that "arc fauls are usually unseen as they can occur anywhere in the home and are one of the major causes of electrical wiring fires." In the graphic they show a nail piercing the insulation of a wire behind a wall.
AFCIs or arc fault circuit interrupters are advanced devices that detect arc faults and shut down the power to the affected circuit, reducing the chance of an electrical fire. This situation is different from an overloaded circuit or short circuit which would trip regular design circuit breakers.
The education of the general public on different types of hazardous scenarios in a circuit is the mission of Cooper Electric and CurrentSAFE. AFCI and GFCI are two different kinds of protection, and are in no way interchangeable lingo. They protect against two vastly different types of faults.
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