Another GFCI/AFCI question.

Old 06-24-05, 07:33 AM
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Another GFCI/AFCI question.

I understand what the devices are. I never quite understood the reason that they are requiring AFCI for bedrooms. Does it have to do with electric blankets?
Old 06-24-05, 07:38 AM
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It has mostly to do with the various cord-and-plug devices that are commonly used in bedrooms (clocks, radios, televisions, lamps, etc.), and the fact they the cords often get abused and frayed. It's no so much that bedrooms are all that unique, but the requirement is being introduced gradually as an experiment to see if AFCI reduces fires. If the statistics support it, we will likely see them required in other rooms too in the future.

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