How Your Circuit Breakers Protect You From Home Fires
Sometimes, electrical equipment suffers some kind of damage, which may lead to fires, injuries, and even death. Did you realize that 20 percent of all fires in Canada are due to electrical malfunctions? That is a lot of fires. In recent times, however, electricians have already been utilizing circuit breakers, devices that help prevent electrical fires and injuries in properties. Here’s why circuit breaker security is important.
Circuit breakers often prevent electric fires and shocks in possessions. Over the previous years, newer homes have come with circuit breakers since they provide more security than fuses when installed using modern electric systems.
The objective of circuit breakers today is to help keep properties protected from electrical hazards that were previously undetectable. A circuit breaker shuts off power when it finds an issue on a circuit which may lead to an electric fire or shock. To gain a better understanding of how circuit breakers protect a house, here is a look at the 2 forms of circuit breakers.
Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs)
These devices protect against arc faults — dangerous electrical problems caused by damaged, overheated, or stressed electric wiring or apparatus. Arc faults can occur, as an example, when a nail or screw damages a cable behind a wall socket, or whenever sockets or circuits are overburdened. Such arcs can result in high temperatures and sparking, possibly igniting the flammable things nearby.
AFCIs monitor the circuit and prevent the flow when a potentially harmful condition is detected. Studies indicate that AFCIs could prevent more than half of the electrical fires that happen every year.
AFCI installation is needed by the Canadian Electrical Code for circuits in all areas of new homes, constituting bathrooms, garages, and outside areas. AFCIs can be set up as a circuit breaker in a breaker panel or as a wall outlet.
There are several types of AFCIs, such as combination breaker AFCI, branch/feeder AFCI breaker, and double AFCI, and GFCI breakers. An electrician ought to be aware of the best sort of AFCI protection at a house.
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs)
GFCIs provide circuit breaker protection against the dangers of electric shock brought on by ground faults. GFCIs sense floor faults and shut off the circuit when, for example, a person comes in contact with a faulty appliance, together with a grounded surface.
These circuit breakers are essential on circuits in which water sources might be present — bathrooms, garages, outside areas, and spa areas inside the house. Like AFCIs, GFCIs can be set up as a circuit breaker in a panelboard or as an outlet. They can greatly prevent serious electric shock to individuals.
Without question, circuit breakers add greater security against shocks and fires on your property. But always consult an experienced electrician when installing and choosing these devices.
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Having circuit breaker security in properties can help prevent fires, however, unfortunately, it is not a promise. If a fire occurs, PuroClean stands prepared to provide property owners with fire damage restoration and smoke cleanup services 24/7. Our technicians can bring any fire-damaged property to a pre-loss state with compassion and urgency.