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                                       ARC FAULT CIRCUIT BREAKERS
                Schneider Electric Products has issued a recall on AFCI - Arc Fault Circuit breakers installed between
                March 2004 and September 2004.

                Arc fault technology represents the best technology available for reducing the risk of electrical fires in Canadian
                homes today. The 1999 and 2002 Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) requires that arc fault circuit breakers be
                installed on all bedroom circuits in a home unless your local electrical authorities have amended the use of the
                CEC.

                How can I tell if there is an affected circuit breaker in my home?
                First, confirm the date that a Square D or Federal Pioneer load center (electrical panel) or new AFI breakers was
                installed in your home. If it was installed before March 1, 2004, you will NOT need to have your Square D or
                Federal Pioneer arc fault circuit breakers inspected or replaced.

                Next, check your load center for arc fault circuit breakers. This device distributes electricity to the various
                circuits in your home. Be sure that it is a Square D or Federal Pioneer brand device. A Square D brand device
                will have the Square D logo (Figure 1) embossed in the front cover and the Federal Pioneer brand device will
                have the Federal Pioneer logo (Figure 2) embossed in the front cover.




                Fig. 1 Square D logo                 Fig. 2 Federal Pioneer logo              Fig. 3 Location of the blue push-to-test
                                                                                              button. Square D QO breaker shown at left.
                                                                                              Federal Pioneer Stab-lok shown at right.

                You can easily locate an arc fault circuit breaker by opening the front cover and looking for the blue
                "push-to-test" buttons (Figure 3). If there is a blue test button with a green dot beside, it is okay.
                Note: A yellow "push-to-test" button on a Square D breaker, or a red "test" button on Federal Pioneer - Stab-Lok
                breaker indicates a GFI circuit breaker, which is not affected by this recall.

                What if I determine that a Square D or Federal Pioneer arc fault circuit breaker has been installed in my
                home since March 1, 2004?
                First, realize that the circuit breaker does not pose an immediate hazard. The testing by Schneider Electric
                indicates that these circuit breakers will continue to provide the same level of overcurrent and short circuit
                protection as the other circuit breakers installed in your home. If you identify an AFI breaker, and are
                concerned it may be included in this recall, it is advisable that you have the circuit breaker inspected by a
                licensed electrician. Check with your electrician to determine if a cost will be applied.

                For more information, call the Schneider - Customer Information Centre at 1-800-565-6699, and visit
                www.arcfault.ca, or http://www.schneider-electric.ca/recovery/en/index.htm

                  In this bulletin the reader is provided with information about loss control issues. The bulletin is not a substitute for a
                  thorough loss prevention assessment. In those situations where there is a concern about issues raised in this bulletin the
                  reader should seek professional advice.
                  The Co-operators Group of Companies will not be responsible to the reader for any loss or damage which the reader may
                  suffer as a consequence of having relied on this publication.
LP040 (04/05)

				
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