My understanding is that under the most recent National Electrical Code (NEC
2008?) AFCI circuit breakers are required for all residential circuits --
not just in bedroom circuits.
However, I just heard from one unofficial source that AFCI circuit breakers
are not required under the newest NEC for kitchen and bathroom circuits
because they have GFCI protected receptacles. Is that correct?
Yes.also the basement, crawlspaces, utility rooms and outdoors.
In fact you also don't need either in any receptacles in the kitchen
that don't serve the counter top.
The code says
210.12(B) Dwelling Units. All 120-volt, single phase, 15- and
20-ampere branch circuits supplying outlets installed in dwelling unit
family rooms, dining rooms, living rooms, parlors, libraries, dens,
bedrooms, sunrooms, recreation rooms, closets, hallways, or similar
rooms or areas shall be protected by a listed arc-fault circuit
interrupter, combination-type, installed to provide protection of the
Thanks. That's exactly what I was looking for. And thanks for the direct
reference to the code. I was then able to look it up and go right to the
correct section at:
Not in "wet areas" where GFCI's are required. AND some local areas modify
the national electrical code. For example in Oregon, AFCI's are only
required in bedrooms. And GFCI's are not required for refrigerators/freezers
and sump pumps in garage/basement. These are local modifications to the
And some areas do not use the latest national electrical code.
Bottom line: Ask your local electrical inspectors office. Ask about local
amendments and when to get a copy of these. Ask what year of the NEC your
area is going by. NEC adoption map...
You do have places where both are required. If you have a wet bar in
your family room you need GFCI within 6' of the sink and AFCI
everywhere in that room.
That will be an AFCI breaker with a GFCI receptacle.
Interesting. Thanks. And thanks for the link to the NEC adoption map. I
passed it on to others who were asking about this.
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