The National Electrical Manufacturers Association's (NEMA's) Low Voltage Distribution Equipment Section (LVDE) launched www.AFCIsafety.org, a Web site devoted to educating homeowners, electrical contractors and builders about arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) — the latest in electrical circuit protection technology.

“AFCIs are a technological leap forward in home safety, and they have significant potential to save lives and loss of property caused by electrical fires in the home,” said Gerard Winstanley, LVDE technical program manager for NEMA. “The new Web site is NEMA's way to make homeowners, builders and electrical contractors aware of the safety benefits that AFCIs provide.”

The Web site offers a variety of educational resources on AFCI technology, including specific product information, definitions of the latest National Electrical Code (NEC) requirements, a comprehensive Q&A, expert endorsements and testimonials, and links to Web sites of AFCI supporters and manufacturers. Site visitors can also download brochures and view presentations highlighting the technology's safety benefits, its installation and use, and the overall impact that AFCIs may have on the residential construction industry.

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