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Legrand’s Pass & Seymour AFCI Receptacle protects against electrical fires

March 5, 2015 | By Renée Francoeur

March 5, 2015 – The new Pass & Seymour Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) Receptacle is now available from Legrand.

AFCI receptacles, geared towards the residential market, protect against electrical fires by detecting arc faults and de-energizing the circuit.

“An electrical fire can have catastrophic consequences for all involved,” said Bill Timmons, marketing manager of residential products for Legrand Electrical Wiring Systems. “Our new P&S AFCI Receptacle not only increases electrical safety in the home, but also provides significant benefits to contractors who install these devices.”

AFCI receptacles do not have to match the circuit breaker box brand like AFCI circuit breakers need to. They fit into any wall box in the living area of a home, said Legrand.


Homeowners benefit also, said the company, because they no longer have to deal with the confusion of the circuit breaker box. The AFCI Receptacle is conveniently situated in the living space, making the indicator light immediately visible if there is a problem. If necessary, the homeowner can reset the device and conduct a regular test at the recommended intervals. The device also has feed-through protection and is tamper-resistant. Its automatic and patented shutter system prevents children from inserting objects such as hairpins or keys.

The P&S AFCI Receptacle has a ground terminal back-wire for fast installation and an auto-ground clip assures a positive ground to metal box. The device is high-impact-resistant and its thermoplastic construction provides superior strength and durability. It takes #14-#10 AWG stranded or solid, copper or copperclad conductors. Two back-wire holes per termination add wiring flexibility and not only eliminate pigtailing, but also save box space.

The 125V Pass & Seymour AFCI Receptacle is Fed Spec, FSUL and UL and CSA Listed, and is available in 15A and 20A versions and a variety of colours.

The receptacle is available in the United States and Canada.

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