This is the second edition of C22.2 No. 270, Arc fault protective devices, one of a series of Standards issued by CSA Group under Part II of the Canadian Electrical Code. It supersedes the previous edition published in 2014.
This edition includes additional requirements for leakage current detector interrupters, deletion of references to branch/feeder type AFCIs, updated testing figures, an updated limited short circuit test for cord connected devices, a revised finger probe, and numerous other smaller updates throughout.
Arc fault protective devices are usually embodied in combination with another device. As such, the user of this Standard will need to reference additional requirements as found in CSA C22.2 No. 5, CSA C22.2 No. 144.1, CSA C22.2 No. 21, and CSA C22.2 No. 42 as applicable.
For general information on the Standards of the Canadian Electrical Code, Part II, see the Preface of CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 0, General Requirements — Canadian Electrical Code, Part II.
This Standard is considered suitable for use for conformity assessment within the stated scope of the Standard.
This Standard has been developed in compliance with Standards Council of Canada requirements for National Standards of Canada. It has been published as a National Standard of Canada by CSA Group.
This Standard applies to arc fault protective devices designed to be installed in accordance with the Rules of the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I.
These devices include arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCI) and devices that incorporate arc fault circuit protection for use on single phase, 120 V, or single phase, two-pole, three-wire 120/240 V alternating current, 60 Hz circuits having a maximum current rating of up to 20 A for permanently connected devices.
This Standard also includes cord-connected devices for use on single phase, 120 V, or single phase, two- pole, three-wire 120/240 V alternating current, 60 Hz supply up to 30 A.
This Standard additionally applies to leakage current detector interrupters.
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