US Records Significant Decline in Home Electrical Fires and Associated Fatalities / Injuries After More Than 20 Years of Using Electrical Fire Prevention Devices – Arc Fault Circuit Interrupts – Plus Other Advancements personal safety
October 3-9 is National Fire Prevention Week
ARLINGTON, VA / ACCESSWIRE / September 30, 2021 / The United States has seen a substantial decrease in the number of residential electrical fires over the past four decades, according to a new report soon to be released by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The 2015-2019 residential fire estimates for electrical fires were 31% lower than 1980-1984, residential fire fatalities were 9% lower, and residential fire injuries were 18% lower. %. This can be attributed in part to advancements in human safety such as smoke detectors, smart home technology, and arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCI) backed by the stringent requirements of the National Electrical CodeÂ® (NEC Â®). The news comes as the United States prepares to recognize National Fire Prevention Week Oct. 3-9, according to the NFPA.
In 1980, the United States experienced a peak of 75,000 residential electrical fires according to the NFPA, which prompted the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) to work with electrical manufacturers to create AFCI circuit breaker technology that, in 1999, detected and stopped dangerous arcs in damaged cables. behind damaged walls and electrical cords, preventing electrical fires before they can start. Today, more than 20 years after becoming a NECÂ® requirement, AFCIs have helped lead the way in new safety technologies and improved building materials to help reduce electrical fires in homes. The industry’s response has saved countless lives and averted burns nationwide.
âWe have come a long way to ensure homes are built and renovated to the highest safety standards for fire prevention and every industry has seen advancements in technology making this possible,â said Ashley Bryant, National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Co-chair of the AFCI working group on low voltage distribution equipment. âWe know it is extremely important to make fire prevention technologies accessible to everyone. A good example is the AFCI. They can protect the individuals and families in a 2,000 square foot, 4 bedroom home from electrical fires for just a few hundred dollars.
âLife safety technologies such as arc fault circuit interrupters and others are becoming more and more popular as more and more consumers realize that they are available and are a requirement. NECÂ®. It is especially important to implement ways to prevent fires in the first place to better protect firefighters, residents and communities from these incidents, âsaid Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy NFPA. Equally important is the comprehensive program of fire safety smoke detectors that alert people to a fire once it occurs so they can get to safety as quickly as possible and the home sprinklers that keep people safe. small fires and greatly reduce loss of life and property. “
Additional advanced technologies that have helped reduce residential fires include:
- Fire resistant building materials – When building a new construction or renovating a home, certain products or materials can help reduce the risk or damage of fire. For example, chemically treated fabrics can help reduce flammability, and double-glazed windows are more resistant to breakage when exposed to flames and, as a bonus, are more energy efficient. Insulated concrete forms, roofs and fire-resistant siding also help to strengthen fire protection in new homes.
- Digital devices / smart home technology – Wireless security systems that connect to smart devices provide additional security and allow 24/7 visibility into your home’s protection, even when you’re away.
- Advanced smoke detectors and smoke alarms – Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a global leader in safety science, identifies that currently smoke detectors (UL 268) and by June 2022 (UL 217) will be equipped with advanced detection technology designed to reduce activation during a cooking event while allowing increased sensitivity and overall performance based on extensive testing of smoke characteristics.
- Automatic fire extinguishers – A residential fire sprinkler system can quickly put out even the smallest fire, causing minimal damage to a home and protecting its occupants, in accordance with NFPA. With the advancement in design and use, they have become more and more popular as a life safety device.
Among the newer benefits for homeowners and home improvement people, many major home insurance providers are now offering fire prevention discounts or reduced premiums, according to The Zebra, an insurance comparison website. . These discounts or reduced prices help offset some or all of the upfront costs invested for additional protection.
Although the United States continues to see an overall reduction in household electrical fires and related deaths and injuries, electrical fires continue to be one of the leading categories of residential fires in the country, according to the NFPA.
“It is crucial that the electrical, construction, fire and life safety industries continue to support strict NECÂ® requirements and promote smart fire safety skills wherever possible,” according to Bryant.
For more information on AFCI devices, visit www.AFCISafety.org and to learn more about the National Fire Protection Association, visit www.NFPA.org.
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THE SOURCE: National Association of Electricity Manufacturers
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