As official partners with the Electrical Safety Foundation International, we take the safety of you and your family very seriously. Let our friendly service professionals install new arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) and ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to help prevent electrical hazards in your home or business today. Give Mr. Electric a call to make an appointment that makes a difference! Get the protection you and your family deserve.
An AFCI can detect arc faults like these from normal current flow and stop the transfer of electricity to help prevent electrical fires.
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Safeguard against potentially traumatic electrical fires, shock injuries and electrocution with AFCI and GFCI protection.
At Mr. Electric we take you and your family’s safety seriously, and we want to make sure that your home or business is protected from electrical hazards. Call Mr. Electric for an appointment today!
Is my home safe from electrical hazards?
Electrical hazards that can lead to serious injury often go undetected because electricity occurs silently behind the scenes. According to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) there were 400 accidental electrocutions in 2000. Many of these involve items you unconsciously use every day. It is important to recognize hazards before they cause a serious injury, disability or fatality.
Are you at risk of being electrocuted?
Electrocution occurs when the body provides the most direct pathway for electrical current to reach the ground. If a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) is installed in the home, electrocution can be prevented. A GFCI detects any change in electrical current and abruptly switches off the power before electrocution can occur. Not only are GFCIs a great way to protect you from potential electrocution, the National Electrical Code requires GFCI protection for most outdoor receptacles, bathroom receptacle circuits, garage wall outlets, kitchen receptacles, and ALL receptacles in crawl spaces and unfinished basements. Is your home protected with GFCIs?
Could an electrical fire take place in your home?
The CPSC estimates that annually, over 165,000 fires are caused by faulty electrical wiring. Arcing faults are one of the major reasons these electrical fires are started. When an unwanted arc occurs, it generates high temperatures that often exceed 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit. This high-intensity heat may ignite surrounding material like wood or insulation, thus spreading fire quickly throughout your home.
An arcing fault is a dangerous electrical problem caused by damaged, overheated, or stressed wiring, cables, or appliances. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reports an absence of AFCIs as one of the three primary residential hazards associated with burns and fire-related injuries.
When a home is installed with AFCIs, they continuously monitor electrical current flow and determine when there is unwanted arcing. Once unwanted arcing is detected, the AFCI trips the internal contacts and turns off the circuit, reducing the chances of an electrical fire.
What causes unwanted arc faults to occur?
- Pinched or pierced insulation on construction wires or cords
- Wires punctured by nails or screws when hanging things like pictures
- A chair leg sitting on an extension cord
- Cracked insulation on wire or cords from age, heat, chemical erosion or stress
- Overheated wires and cords
- Loose or improper connections
- Frayed or ruptured extension cords or appliance cords
- Electrical appliances that have damaged electrical parts
- Moisture or contaminants between conductors of different voltage
- Electrical wire insulation that has been chewed on by rodents