Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

March 12, 2021

EIN DeMarco EFC 400By Daniela De Marco

When it comes to EFC’s membership, there is no shortage of talent and expertise. The electrical community is innovative and at the forefront of powering our changing world. In 2020, EFC released a call to members for a chance to participate in the recently launched electro|POD — EFC’s Electrical Community Podcast. Together with Gurvinder Chopra, VP Standards and Regulations, EFC, Rob McIntrye, recently retired Business Sections Manager, expert member Vladimir Gagachev, Manager Codes & Standards, Eaton Industries (Canada), and myself, Daniela De Marco, we aired EFC’s first electro|POD podcast episode on AFCI technology in November 2020. A topic that requires greater awareness among homeowners for electrical fire protection in the home.

In this podcast, we interview expert member, Vladimir Gagachev, to discuss Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCI), an important technology that prevents potential fires in the home that can be caused by arc-faults. As we purchase and install new devices with all the latest features and benefits, it also puts increased demand on the electrical systems, potentially causing serious safety risks such as arc-faults.

Vladimir explains the two types of Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) technologies available, which are ombination-type arc-fault circuit interrupter and outlet branch-circuit-type arc-fault circuit interrupter. He goes on to define AFCI technology according to the Canadian Electrical Code, how it protects us, and how this type of protection became necessary. Gagachev recounts that the need for this technology was “at the request of the Consumer Product Safety Commission in the U.S. as a response to the problem of a large number of residential electrical fires.”

AFCI technology dates to the early 1990s but seems to be in the adoption phase among users today. This is where we wanted to understand more about why AFCI technology is not more widely accepted. This is where Vladimir shares a few myths to our question in the episode and one being that “arc-fault protection in homes is not a necessity.” The Canadian Electrical Code requires AFCI safety technology be installed in homes and this is supported by EFC’s Distribution Equipment and Wiring Business Sections — could we consider this myth busted? Click here to listen to the full audio podcast interview with Vladimir Gagachev on AFCI technology.
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In early 2019, EFC brought together a task group from the distribution equipment and wiring supplies Business Sections to form an awareness campaign on AFCIs for contractors and homeowners which the EFC team has been leading. This includes a campaign webpage Portal that offers resources on home fire safety and an AFCI report submission form at www.electrofed.com/products/afci/.

The discussion on AFCI Technology continues, if you are interested in participating in the podcast series to further discuss this topic, email Gurvinder Chopra at gchopra@electrofed.com or Daniela DeMarco at ddemarco@electrofed.com.

The purpose of this podcast series is to keep the members of EFC, its stakeholders, partners and as well as those broadly interested in electrical products, informed, and connected. 

Daniela De Marco is a Marketing Specialist at Electro-Federation Canada.

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Canadian Electrical Contractor Discussion Group: Can You Count the Deficiencies?

EIN CECD 400Have you ever been called to fix the work of a 'handyman'?

"Was supposedly done by a"certified ' electrician....told the homeowner that he got a $266 permit....no record at TSBC. Can you count the deficiencies?"

"There is a second panel change in the triplex also.......even more deficiencies. Think the guy was a glorified handyman. Ones not obvious: 240 BB heat hooked up 120....drier on 2p20....range on 2p50....water heater fed with 2c14 Bx on 2p15."

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Surgelogic RecallProduct: Surgelogic™ NQ SurgeLoc™ Surge Protection Device.

Issue: The Surgeloc Surge Protection Device can experience an arc event, which can result in a fire hazard.

What to do: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled surge protection devices and contact Schneider Electric for instructions on receiving a free equivalent replacement surge protector.

 

 

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Terry BeckerBy Terry Becker, P.Eng., CESCP, IEEE Senior Member

The electric shock hazard has been neglected.  Journeyman Electricians have accepted been shocked as part of the job, a “right” of passage, a badge of honour. 

This has not been acceptable and Journeyman Electricians may not be aware of the long term sequela health effects of receiving multiple low voltage electrical shocks and how it may have impacted them.  With respect to treatment there is only a single formal recognized treatment centre in Canada, the St Johns Rehab Centre. Electrical Injury Program.

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EIN Code Quiz 2Take this opportunity to test your knowledge of the Canadian Electrical Code - Part 1. Here are two questions on essential electrical systems: health care. 

You'll find the answers in EIN articles written by our code experts — mainly Bill Burr and Terry Becker — and of course in your own best practices. Answers will be posted on our website in a few days and published in our next issue. Good luck and share your results with our Facebook group: Canadian Electrical Contractor Discussions.

 

 

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