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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – A change in the type of circuit breakers used in new home construction could help prevent more fires. In 2008, new codes required arc fault circuit breakers to be used in new homes.

Georgia made an exemption this year, but starting January they will be required. Code enforcers say it's a good safety measure. 

"It senses arch in the circuit and will shut down the circuit if it senses a dangerous situation," said Code Enforcement Director Joey Davenport.

The arc fault breakers are about $20 more than a ground fault breakers and builders say the additional cost will depend on the size of the home, and would likely be passed along to the buyer.

 

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