What is a GFCI outlet?
Unlike regular outlets and circuit breakers that are designed to protect your home, GFCI outlets or “ground fault circuit interrupters” are designed to protect people from electrical shock. By monitoring the electrical current, GFCIs cut power or “trip” when an imbalance or excess current flow down an unintended patch is detected. These devices are designed to respond before electricity can affect your heart beat.
GFCIs have been required by the electrical code since 1973. Since their introduction in homes there has been an:
Where should GFCIs be used?
GFCI outlets are required by code in moist or wet locations of the home, including:
“In a society where children and adults frequently live with phones and other electronics in their hands, it’s important to remember how deadly these devices can be when plugged into a source of electricity. When plugged into a GFCI outlet, it could mean the difference between life and death.” ESFI President, Brett Brenner.
If you currently have GFCIs in your home
If you verified you currently have GFCI protection, just like other safety features in your home you are going to want to test them. It is recommended you test you GFCIs monthly (and like your smoke detectors, replaced every 10 years).
If you have any questions about GFCI protection in your home, or any other safety issues, contact your team at Skyline Electric for honest answers and exceptional service.