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Gerard Winstanley

Gerard Winstanley is a technical program manager with the National Electrical Manufactures Association's (NEMA's) Low-Voltage Distribution Equipment section. Winstanley has more than eight years of experience in the development of national and international electrical codes and standards. For more information about arc-fault circuit interrupters, visit, an educational Web site devoted to educating consumers and industry professionals about the important home safety device.


Expanding Home Safety with AFCIs

Smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, emergency escape ladders—these are all proven methods for making a quick and safe escape from a fire in the home. However, in addition to these measures, proven technology exists to prevent fires from starting in the first place. Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs)— the next generation in circuit breaker technology—are one such life-saving tool that should be considered by home owners and home builders alike.