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Many Fires Attributed to "Faulty Wiring" are Caused by Arc Faults!

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, during a typical year, and estimated 248,500 one- and two-family residential building fires are reported to U.S. fire departments and cause an estimated 2,135 deaths, 8,550 injuries, and $5.9 billion in property loss. Many of the fires attributed to "faulty wiring" are caused by arc faults that standard circuit breakers and fuses cannot detect.

WHERE DO ARCS OCCUR?

During Construction
During new construction or remodeling a wire can be pinched, punctured by a nail, or stapled too tightly against a wood stud.

Behind the Walls
The nail from a picture hanger or flooring can actually puncture insulation.

Loose Connections
A wall plug or switch can cause an electrical fault if not properly installed, or if the connections have become loose.

Other possible Arcing Faults:

  • Damaged wires.
  • Worn electrical insulation.
  • Cables improperly nailed or stapled.
  • Cords in contact with vibrating metal.
  • Cord deteriorated by heat.
  • Cracked or stressed electrical cords.
  • Misapplied or damaged appliances.

FEATURES

  • Offers quick-make, quick-break switch mechanism combined with inverse time element tripping operation and trip-free handle design. Type CH circuit breakers trip to the OFF position, eliminating nuisance callbacks.
  • FIRE-GUARD model AFCI recognizes the unique current and/or voltage signatures associated with arcing faults and efficiently interrupts the circuit to reduce fire hazards.
  • Combination type AFCIs also directly detect persistent low current arcing faults down to 5 amps with associated mitigation of fire hazards in the cords connected to the outlets.
  • Add the AFCI Tester and Circuit Analyzer to verify proper wiring in a circuit. It's the only tester with GFI function and Line-Neutral test feature.
  • The 15-20A breakers can be used for heating, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment applications.

AFCI SYSTEM PACKAGES:

Item #:OSB-1500

Optimum Safety Update Bundle.
Device, Smoke Alarm, and AFCI.
House up to 1500 square feet.
Maximum 10 AFCI.
$3,925

Item #:OSB-2000

Optimum Safety Update Bundle.
Device, Smoke Alarm, and AFCI.
House up to 2000 square feet.
Maximum 15 AFCI.
$5,065

Item #:OSB-3000

Optimum Safety Update Bundle.
Device, Smoke Alarm, and AFCI.
House up to 3000 square feet.
Maximum 20 AFCI.
$6,203