Electro-Federation Canada (EFC), a national, not-for-profit industry association that represents Canadian electrical manufacturers, distributors and agents, has launched an online portal for consumers that features important resources about arc-faults and associated causes, risks and preventative measures, such as arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCI) technology.
The AFCI portal allows homeowners to take charge of their home’s safety by better understanding current Canadian code requirements, primary causes of arc-faults and tripping as well as the types of AFCI technologies available. A reporting tool is also available on the site to allow electrical contractors or homeowners to report any suspected nuisance tripping cases.
The electrical industry has long understood the serious impact of arc-faults, often caused by damaged, overheated or stressed electrical wiring or devices. Arc-faults are the cause of a significant number of electrical fires in homes. In fact, an estimated 1,500 fires caused by electricity were reported in Ontario over the past five years, resulting in an average of six fatalities per year.