GFCI vs. AFCI: What Is the Difference?

Advances in circuit breaker and electrical technology have made our lives safer. Fuses and circuit breakers are essential components that prevent excess current from running through the system. When a problem occurs, fuses blow and circuit breakers trip to shut off the flow of electricity. Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) and arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCI) are two types of safety devices designed to protect you and your property from electrical issues that could lead to fire, injury, and death. While these devices share similarities, such as providing greater protection than a standard outlet, each component also serves distinct purposes.

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