The National Fire Protection Association statistics suggest that short circuits and overloading are the main causes of 60% of all electric fires. Most of these fires are easily avoidable if electricians install circuit breakers in these buildings.
Electrical circuit breakers made their debut in the late 19th century and have become a popular over-current protection device (OCPD) ever since. According to Article 100 of the NEC guidelines, a circuit breaker is defined as a device that automatically shuts down the flow of electric circuit when its load capacity is breached. It is because of this safety feature that the installation of a breaker has become mandatory in all residential and commercial complexes.
Your electrical panel is the feed from where electricity enters and gets distributed in your home. If you ever open your electric panel, you will see various rectangular boxes that are the circuit breakers. However, all these rectangles are of different shapes and sizes. This is because electricians can install about five different types of over-current protection devices for your home. Talk with an experienced electrical contractor and find out which over-current protection devices you may need for your home.
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