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Arc Fault Breaker Safety
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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AFCI safety is sweeping the nation. To date, almost all of the country has adopted the 2011 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, it’s 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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AFCISafety.org is a one-stop information resource on the Internet for residential arc fault breaker safety information distributed by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Low Voltage Distribution Equipment Section.

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

AFCI In The News

AFCI Circuit Breaker Usage is Up / Residential Electrical Fires are Down - Insights Magazine - Independent Electrical Contractors

AFCIs - Fire Prevention Technology - Carey Brothers On The House Part one | Part Two - Carey Brothers On The House

AFCI Circuit Breakers Among Technologies Contributing to Drop in Residential Electrical Fires - Electrical Contractor Magazine

Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter Success Stories -NEMA

What is the Price of Safety? – Indianapolis Star

AFCI Acceptance Spreading, but Indiana Still Lagging Behind (HousingZone.com)

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Widespread TV Coverage:

Firefighters/Home Builders at Odds About Safety Device - WILX TV NBC - Lansing Michigan
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Indiana Safety Officials Call for AFCI Safety
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AFCI Safety Prevails in Ohio
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Playing with Fire in Wisconsin
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