ARC FAULT PROTECTION LOWERS THE RISK OF FIRE IN YOUR HOME
According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, more than 40,000 home fires are caused each year as a result of faulty electrical wiring. And, nearly 350 lives are claimed each year from electrical equipment fires.
When arcing occurs in your electrical circuits, it creates high intensity heating that over time can ignite surrounding material, like wood framing or insulation. In 2005, arc fault protection was added to the national electrical code and as a result, the frequency of electrical fires has dramatically decreased.
Here are some of the common causes of electrical fires sparked by arcing:
•A wall plug or switch, if improperly installed with loose connections
•Damaged or misapplied equipment or appliances
•Overheating from excessive current flow
•Cracked insulation on wire or cords from age, heat, chemical erosion or bending stress
•Loose or improper outlet or switch connections
•Frayed extension or appliance cords
•Moisture or contaminants between conductors of different voltage
•Electrical wire insulation chewed by mice or other rodents
•Damaged wires from a carelessly nailed wall stud
Edison Electric would like to help protect you and your family by installing arc fault protection in your home.
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