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Arc-Fault Circuit Protection | Print |  Email

Arc-Fault Circuit Protection


An arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) is a safety device for homes that provides protection from electric fires, which are twice as deadly as other home fires.

Electricity can leak out of damaged and deteriorating wires and start a fire behind walls. An AFCI detects irregular flows in electricity, and shuts electricity off if there is a problem.

Electric fires cause more damage than other fires. Fortunately, many electric fires are preventable. The cost of installing AFCIs is directly related to the size of the house and the number of circuits installed. Each AFCI typically costs about $30 to $35.You probably have a smoke alarm, carbon monoxide detector and locks on the door. Think of an AFCI as another important and necessary gadget to keep your home safe.

A qualified electrician can install an AFCI, and inspect the safety of your home’s electrical system.