Keeping your family and home safe is top priority and because of that you need to know about our SmartlockPro® Dual Function AFCI/GFCI Outlet. This smart device delivers protection from the hazards of both electrical fires and shock by providing arc-fault and ground fault protection. If either hazard is detected the device quickly cuts off power.
Why is this so important?
- Arcing faults are responsible for starting more than 28,000 home fires annually in the U.S.1 More than 50% of these fires could be prevented with the installation of AFCIs, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission2
- There are nearly 400 electrocutions in the U.S. each year. GFCIs could prevent nearly 70% of these occurrences 3
Most homeowners are very familiar with GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) Outlets since they have been around for quite some time. These outlets with the Test and Reset buttons are used in areas where there is a water source such as bathrooms, kitchens and outdoors near pools and hot tubs. They are engineered to detect hazardous ground faults and respond by interrupting power to protect people from shock or electrocution.
Newer to the scene are AFCI (Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter) Outlets. They look similar to GFCIs but offer very different protection. AFCIs help protect your home from electrical fires that could result from arc-faults by detecting potentially hazardous arc-faults and quickly cutting off power. They should be installed in all living areas such as bedrooms, living rooms and hallways.
The Dual Function AFCI/GFCI Outlet combines the important safety features of AFCIs and GFCIs. It is a single device that can distinguish between a trip caused by a ground fault and a trip caused by an arc fault; helping to protect both your home from electrical fire and your family from shock. It is ideal for kitchens and laundry rooms as well as for extensions, modifications and as a replacement option for ungrounded outlets in any area of the home.
Although it may sound complicated, the Dual Function AFCI/GFCI is actually very intuitive with features such as:
- Convenience of test and reset with buttons on the face of the device, eliminating a trip to the load center panel for recommended monthly testing and in the event the device trips
- A Status Indicator Light providing at-a-glance indication of operating status such as a trip cause by an arc-fault, a trip caused by a ground fault, power availability, protection status and line/load reversal
- Patented Reset Lockout which prevents the device from being reset in the event it is not functioning properly, if protection has been compromised or if the line and load wires were reversed during installation
- The latest in GFCI auto-monitoring in which the device periodically conducts an automatic internal self-test to confirm that GFCI protected power is available
Learn more about AFCIs, GFCIs and our Dual Function AFCI/GFCI Outlet at Leviton.com/DFCI
1. National Fire Protection Association website.
2. Electrical Safety Foundation International (EFSi) website.
3. Electrical Safety Foundation International (EFSi) study.