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What Is A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter?

What Is A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter?

The purpose of a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) receptacle is to protect against electrical shocks and prevent electrical hazards in certain areas of a home. GFCI receptacles are typically installed in locations where there is a higher risk of electrical accidents, such as bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and outdoor areas.

The main function of a GFCI receptacle is to constantly monitor the flow of electricity between the hot and neutral wires. It can detect even small imbalances in the electrical current, such as when current leaks from the circuit to the ground, potentially through a person. When a fault is detected, the GFCI receptacle swiftly interrupts the electrical circuit, cutting off power to prevent harm or injury. This rapid interruption of power helps to protect against electric shocks and significantly reduces the risk of electrocution.

GFCI receptacles are a vital safety measure, providing an added layer of protection against electrical accidents. They play a crucial role in ensuring the well-being of individuals in areas where water and electricity are in close proximity or where there is an increased likelihood of electrical faults.

GFCI required locations:

  • Bathrooms.
  • Garages.
  • Detached buildings.
  • Crawl spaces.
  • Kitchens
  • Laundry rooms.
  • Kitchen dishwasher receptacle.

Keep in mind that GFCI outlets are not required in older homes unless the electrical system has been updated. So, when your home inspector suggests upgrading to GFCI receptacles, please know that he has your safety in mind. GFCIs are considered essential safety features and having them installed can provide added protection for your family’s safety.

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