Arc Fault Breaker Safety
Free online program on AFCI technology

There is a 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.

Click on the below videos to learn more about AFCIs.

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WHO WE ARE is a one-stop information resource on the Internet for residential arc fault breaker safety information.

The goals of 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

Aging Adults, Aging Wiring – A visit to a retirement community illustrates a safety hazard for seniors (NFPA Journal – June 2015)

Homebuilders want Michigan to drop requirement for safety device (Michigan Radio – May 2015)

What’s new about AFCIs in the 2014 NEC? (IAEI Magazine – April 2015)

Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters Detect and Mitigate Effects of Arcing Faults (Power Electronics – February 12, 2015)

Relaxing Electrical Codes is Safety Risk (Lansing State Journal – November 2014)

Firefighters & Homebuilders at Odds Over Safety Device (WILX TV ABC and FOX 47 News in Lansing, MI – May 2014)

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Widespread TV Coverage:

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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