The Ground Fault/Arc Fault Difference
Devices That Can Protect Your Home and Family
There are three protective devices that are designed to detect faults and quickly break the connection, helping to protect both your home from electrical fire, and your family from shock and electrocution.
1. An AFCI outlet protects against fires by detecting arc faults, which create heat. Arcing often occurs in damaged wires. AFCI’s are required in areas such as bedrooms and family rooms.
2. A GFCI outlet protects against electric shock caused by ground faults. GFCI’s are required in any area with an increased risk of electrical hazards, such as areas where water is present, like bathrooms and laundry rooms. GFCI’s can also be used as a replacement option for ungrounded outlets in any area of the home.
3. A Dual-Function AFCI/GFCI receptacle combines the important safety features of both AFCI’s and GFCI’s in a single device that can distinguish between a trip caused by a ground fault and one caused by an arc fault. These devices are a requirement in the latest National Electrical Code in certain areas of the home when replacing an outlet.
Many electrocutions and electrical fires can be prevented by recognizing the warning signs and taking immediate action to resolve issues. The best way to discover what those issues may be in your home is to conduct a whole house electrical audit. The experts at Leviton have compiled the following checklist that you and/or an electrician can follow to conduct an electrical audit of your home.