Circuit Protection and Fire Prevention
Superior electrical safety for homeowners
Based on a 2007 report from the Council of Canadian Fire Marshals and Fire Commissioners it is estimated that electrical failures or malfunctions were factors in an estimated 4,560 home fires. These fires caused an estimated 230, 1,557 injuries, and hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage. Electrical wiring, cords, and plugs, switches, receptacles, and outlets can be the source of tremendous damage to your property or worse, your family. Protect yourself with Square D QO™ and Schneider Electric Homeline™ Circuit Breakers.
Just like the airbags in your car and technology on your smartphone, circuit breakers are more advanced and sophisticated than ever before. QO and Homeline circuit breakers are engineered and designed to help keep you, your family, and your property safe from electrical hazards that were previously undetectable. A circuit breaker “trips” and shuts off power when it detects an issue on a circuit that could possibly cause an electrical fire.
To help you better understand the protection of your home electrical system, let's take a look at a few state-of-the-art types of circuit breakers.
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs)
GFCIs are designed to protect people from the dangers of electrical shock. These circuit breakers are typically installed on circuits where water sources may be present. The Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) requires ground fault circuit protection in the kitchen, outdoor areas, bathrooms, and in spa areas within the home.
The QO and Homeline Ground Fault Circuit Breakers provide Class A protection, sensing and responding to very low levels of ground faults by tripping or shutting off power, preventing serious electrical shock to people.
Combination Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (CAFIs)
CAFIs help provide protection against dangerous arcing; the precursor to many electrical fires. QO™ and Homeline™ CAFIs help protect people and property from fires caused by electrical arcing. These devices continuously monitor the branch circuit and trip when a potentially dangerous condition is detected. The 2015 Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) requires most circuits in a home to be CAFI protected.
Dual Function (CAFI + GFI) Circuit Breakers
The innovative Square D QO and Homeline Dual Function Circuit Breakers combine two critical, state-of-the-art technologies: Combination Arc Fault and Ground Fault (Class A) Protection in one circuit breaker. Dual Function Circuit Interrupters provide a higher level of protection than any other residential circuit breaker. These devices combine both Ground Fault Protection and Combination Arc Fault Protection in a single device. And these devices protect the entire circuit on which they are installed, unlike electronic receptacles (GFI or AFI).