Home Electrical System Safety Video

The electrical system is an essential part of your home, yet it’s often taken for granted — and that’s a dangerous attitude to have when it comes to electricity. Understanding the basics of your electrical system can help you identify and avoid potential hazards. This video provides a brief introduction to the different components of […]

Seguridad del Sistema Eléctrico de la Casa

Home Electrical System Safety Video (Spanish) El sistema eléctrico es una parte esencial de su hogar, pero muchas veces no está valorado — y eso es una actitud muy peligrosa cuando la electricdad está envuelta. Un entendimiento de los básicos de su sistema eléctrico puede ayudarle a identificar y evitar riesgos potenciales. Este video de […]

Fuse and Breaker Breakdown

National Electrical Safety Month 2015 Do you know what’s inside your electrical service panel? Fuses and circuit breakers protect an overloaded electrical circuit by interrupting the flow of electricity, but there are many variations that offer different levels of protection. This Fuse and Breaker Breakdown will help determine what you have in your home, and […]

Outlets: The Ins and Outs

National Electrical Safety Month 2015 When it comes to selecting electrical outlets, there are a lot of options to consider. This guide provides an overview of the common types of outlets and the level of safety protection they bring to the home. Outlet types include two-pronged receptacle, grounded receptacle, tamper-resistant receptacle, arc fault circuit interrupter […]

Fire Prevention Week 2014: Be Proactive, Save Lives

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)’s theme for Fire Prevention Week 2014, “Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month,” encourages the public to make sure their smoke alarms are in working order.  From October 5-11, 2014, the NFPA leads the charge for home fire safety and the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) provides resources […]

AFCI vs GFCI

Though both provide enhanced electrical safety and have similar acronyms, AFCIs and GFCIs protect against very different things. Use this table to learn the differences and values of these safety technologies. AFCI or GFCI Protects Against: AFCI: Arc-Faults – a dangerous electrical problem caused by damage, overheated, or stressed electrical wiring or devices that may result […]

5 Easy Steps to a Safer Home

In order to provide enhanced protection, your AFCIs and GFCIs need to be functioning properly.  Follow these easy steps to test them each month. Did You Know? GFCIs shut off electric power in the event of a ground fault within as little as 1/40 of a second. The National Electrical Code first included a home […]

AFCI Virtual Demonstration

Each year in the United States, arcing faults are responsible for starting more than 30,000 home fires. These fires kill and injure hundreds of people, and cause over $750 million in property damage. Many of these fires can be prevented by arc fault circuit interrupters, or AFCIs.

Fire Prevention PSA

The human cost of home electrical fires is staggering. Fires caused by worn and inadequate wiring, overburdened circuits, and outdated technology. Fires caused by aging electrical systems. It’s a fact: many existing homes simply can’t handle the demands of today’s electrical appliances and devices. But now, new technology such as AFCIs and tamper resistant receptacles […]

AFCIs: Hints for Homeowners Public Service Announcement

Smoke alarms and escape ladders are important tools to help your family stay safe in the event of a fire emergency, but did you know there is a device that could actually prevent a fire from happening? Protect your home with the advanced fire protection offered by Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) – a key […]

How to Test an AFCI

Arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) provide advanced protection against electrical fires, but only if they are working properly. Follow these easy steps to test your AFCIs every month. 1. Test AFCIs when your power is on. 2. Open the electrical service panel. 3. With the breaker switch in the ON position, press the AFCI TEST […]

AFCI Awareness PSA

Over the last 30 years, our homes have been transformed by a variety of electrical devices; however, these same devices have also contributed to the shocking number of electrical fires every year in the United States. The solution to this problem is an arc fault circuit interrupter, or AFCI.