As a homeowner, electrical safety should always be top-of-mind. Prevent electrical hazards in your home with these essential safety devices:
Available as circuit breakers and receptacles, AFCIs protect against electrical fires caused by malfunctions. An AFCI monitors electricity flow through circuits, and it will trip a circuit and cut off power should it detect a dangerous arc.
Commonly found in areas where appliances may come into contact with water (e.g. kitchens and bathrooms), GFCIs protect against electric shock. As a fast-acting circuit breaker, the device is designed to shut off electrical power within ten milliseconds in the event of a ground fault.
Surge-protective devices protect your appliances against sudden spikes in electrical current. Although they resemble standard power cords, they provide much more safety by limiting the electricity supply to appliances.
Tamper-proof outlets appear as standard outlets but have an interior cover that only opens when both prongs are inserted simultaneously. These receptacles can act as an essential child-proofing tool to help prevent electrical shocks or burns.