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What is AFCI protection and do you need it in your home?

You may have seen the sticker that says “AFCI” on the breaker box in your home and wondered what it meant. AFCI protection is a requirement for all new homes by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

AFCI stands for arc fault circuit interrupter. An AFCI is a device that protects against electrical fires by interrupting the power to a circuit when it detects a dangerous arc fault.

Arcing faults are a leading cause of electrical fires in the home. They occur when electricity “jumps” or “arcs” through the air, creating a spark that can ignite surrounding materials.

So if you’re wondering whether or not you need AFCI protection in your home, the short answer is yes! Sean Conroy Electrician is your local licensed electrician who can help you with all your electrical needs. Give us a call today!

It’s important to note that older homes may not have AFCI protection as they were not required at the time of installation. AFCI protection can also be added to individual circuits, such as bedrooms or living rooms, through the installation of AFCI outlets or breakers. In addition to AFCI protection, it’s also important to regularly inspect and maintain your electrical system to prevent potential hazards. This includes checking for frayed wires, loose connections, and other signs of wear and tear. If you suspect any issues with your electrical system, it’s important to contact a licensed electrician for repairs or upgrades. Don’t take chances with the safety of your home and family. Contact Sean Conroy Electrician today to schedule an appointment for any electrical needs you may have.

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