Does NACHI still support AFCI's?

National Association of State Fire Marshals thanks NACHI Trainer Joe Tedesco.

April 20, 2004

Dear Mr. Tedesco:

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM), I would like to express our appreciation for your commitment to fire prevention and fire safety on behalf of your organization, the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI).

Our representative, Walt Smittle, reported that you provided him a unique opportunity to participate in your electrical code seminar this past weekend in Baltimore, Maryland. We were extremely pleased to receive a full hour on your agenda and, on such short notice.

Your active and enthusiastic support of home electrical safety plays a crucial role in maintaining the arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) requirement in new homes.

NASFM is a small organization involved in a large number of ambitions fire safety initiatives. Our ability to assist the state fire marshals in their mission to save lives depends on the combined commitment and strong involvement of both the fire services and groups such as the home inspectors in each state.

Once again, the Board thanks you for helping to initiate a relationship with NACHI and look forward to the many opportunities to partner for fire safety.

Congratulations and best wishes for continued success!


James A Burns
President, NASFM

cc: Board of Directors
Bert Polk, Chair, Electrical Fire Safety Working Group
Walt Smittle, NASFM Special Representative
Nick Gromick, Executive Director of NACHI
Daniel R. Frend, Director of The NACHI Safe House Campaign.

I support them in the current method of installation, At this time I can’t say I support the mandatory requirement for all 15A and 20A circuits in the proposal for 2008…while I like the added safety I am with greg in that I don’t think the technology has caught up with the requirement just yet.

But hey…I am for anything that is safe…but at which point does it become overkill or excessive without proven data and testing. The fire stats show the majority of home fires start in the bedroom…so will they give me some stats on how all 15A and 20A circuits in a dwelling will curb this stat.

Opps…I forgot Joe…I am NOT NACHI…lol…I am ME…thehehe

Have any of the NACHI brothers with a laser thermometer look at the heat generated by AFCIs, particularly when you have several together. I know they do seem warm to the touch.

More on the AFCI’s

Also, search AFCI on


I will gang about 6 of them on my next finish out and let you know…lol…

I have heard guys say you shouldn’t put more than a couple in a row. I am just curious how a panel full will do