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Walter Smittle

Walter Smittle III is West Virginia state fire marshal (retired), IFMA past president and NASFM, special representative.


Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupter Technology

Did you know that residential electrical fires, as reported by the National Fire Protection Association, causes an average of nearly 73,000 fires every year? These fires are responsible for 591 deaths, 1400 injuries and over $1 billion in property losses. Eighty-three percent of these electrical fires are caused by electrical arcing. Can something be done to resolve this electrical residential fire problem? This question is asked by the fire marshals and fire investigators every time bodies have to be removed or a home is destroyed. The answer to this question is yes. Now, you can assist in reducing these unwanted losses by promoting a promising technology.