According to recent statistics, there are over 50,000 electrical fires every month worldwide. Approximately 20% of these fires caused a death. While electricity is an essential commodity, the need to protect your property from fire is paramount.
There are various solutions an electrical service expert, such as Salt Lake City’s Whipple Service Champions, will offer to avert electrical fires on your property. One of these solutions is the installation of protection devices.
Here are some types of electrical system protection devices they will recommend.
Surge Protection Devices
These are also known as surge suppressors. They should protect your electric network from power surges. Though most people assume power surges result from lightning, 80% of surges generate from within your home’s electrical system.
Common appliances that might cause a surge in your home include power tools, air conditioners, and sump pumps. Surge suppressors provide better protection for your valuable electronics compared with individual power strips.
Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI)
This device prevents fires caused by electrical arcs. AFCI devices are now a legal requirement for all new constructions. They can also be safely connected to existing wiring to protect older homes with deteriorating and aging electrical systems. They require frequent testing to ensure their functionality.
Residual Current Device
This is a circuit breaker, which cuts off the electric power if someone comes into contact with live or non-isolated electric wires. It efficiently helps in averting severe electric shock and electrical fires.
Residual current devices with operating currents of 30mA are the minimum choice for adequate protection. For sockets and equipment with nominal currents of 20A, additional protection will be a need.
A common cause of electrical fires is faulty connections. A qualified electrician should install these protection devices to avoid this mistake. A DIY connection of your protection device might cause a deadly electrical fire instead of averting it.