NEMA collaborates with UL on free online program on AFCI technology
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and UL have collaborated to create a new, free online training program designed to teach safe and effective ways to install and troubleshoot issues with arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs).
The program is available for free through Knowledge Services, UL's fast-growing training, advisory and software solutions business unit.
The course will help electrical professionals complete trouble-free installation of AFCIs and provide expert advice on finding and fixing electrical system problems that may cause AFCIs to trip. The program targets those who install electrical systems in residences whether they are single, multifamily or apartment buildings where AFCIs are a National Electrical Code (NEC) requirement.
To learn more about the free program, click here.
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IT’S ALL ABOUT SAFETY.
AFCI safety is sweeping the nation. To date, nearly half the country has adopted the 2008 National Electrical Code (NEC), which expands the requirement for arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs), electronic circuit breakers developed in response to an electrical problem causing home fires.
Each year, home electrical fires take the lives of 480 people, injure more than 2,000 and destroy more than $868 million in property. While working smoke alarms, fire extinguishers and other safety measures provide some life-saving help, its only after a fire starts. AFCIs detect dangerous electrical conditions and shut the circuit off before an electrical fire has a chance to ignite.
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WHO WE ARE
The goals of AFCISafety.org are to:
- Increase the level of awareness of AFCI and its uses in residential applications
- Inform about the differences between branch/feeder AFCIs, combination AFCIs, and GFCI devices
- Provide information related to AFCIs' preventative aspects of arcing faults and its links to fire safety
- Highlight proper installation and operation of AFCI devices