How Much Do You Know About Arc Flash Hazard Protection?

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The monetary cost of a single arc flash incident can easily exceed a million dollars per incident, including medical expenses and the cost of equipment replacement, downtimeand insurance. As a global leader in the field of electrical protection, Ferraz Shawmut challenges customers to test their knowledge of Arc Flash Hazards with its newest online P.IQ Quiz. Participants may access the newest quiz online at Each month through the end of the year, three winners receive a $100 gas card. No purchase is necessary to enter. With the educational Protection Intelligence Quotient (P.IQ) program, design engineers, specifiers, electrical professionals and equipment manufacturers discover how much they know about the hazards that can hurt people, equipment and investments. “The explosive energy of an arcing fault sends more than 2,000 workers to burn centers every year. In most cases, these could have been prevented with the proper knowledge of Arc Flash Hazards & prevention,” said Stephen Colvin, Vice President of Marketing at Ferraz Shawmut. “Our innovative P.IQ Quiz gives customers a fun way to test themselves, and hopefully learn something new in the process.” Ferraz Shawmut prides itself on delivering problem-solving products and fuses for reducing Arc Flash energy such as the current-limiting Amp-Trap 2000® fuse family and Electrical Services solutions, including Arc Flash Hazard analysis, short circuit analysis and coordination studies, and electrical safety program audits. “Based on all the positive feedback we received from the first P.IQ test that ran in 2008, we made a commitment to feature several new tests on variety of electrical protection topics this year,” said Colvin. The first two P.IQ tests in 2009 were on solar power circuit protection and overvoltage protection. Archived versions of the tests are available at The new P.IQ quiz on arc flash hazards is currently running at An additional test on selective coordination is planned for late fall. For further details on the PIQ program, please send a request to, or visit The 2009 program runs through Dec. 31, 2009, with no purchase necessary to enter.

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