What is a GFCI Outlet?

Ground-fault circuit interrupter, also know as a GFCI, is the only protection device designed to protect people against electric shock from an electrical unit. In order for a GFCI to work, it needs to be installed properly or the device will fail. GFCI outlets help to protect electrical wiring and receptacles from overheating and potentially catching fire. This helps to reduce the risk of injuries and burns. Keep reading as we dive deeper into a GFCI outlet and how it works.

How A GFCI Outlet Works

A GFCI outlet works by comparing the input current on the hot side to the output current on the neutral side. If there is a difference in current, then there is a current leaking out somewhere, which has the possibility to be someone’s body. In order to protect you from this occurring, the GFCI cuts off the power supply to the leaking device which helps to reduce any human tissue damage from errant current.

Where Should GFCI Protection Be?

GFCI protection should be installed any place there is a receptacle installed in an area that is subject to moisture. Moisture increases the danger of accidental shocks and by having a GFCI it will help to prevent these accidental shocks from happening. In residential areas there should be GFCIs in bathrooms, garages, crawlspaces, kitchens, laundry rooms and other areas prone to moisture throughout the property.

Having GFCI outlets throughout your property will help to make sure you and those who inhabit the property are protected from being electrocuted. If you have further questions regarding GFCI outlets or believe there are areas throughout your residential or commercial property that need GFCI outlets installed, contact the team at Professional Electric. Our trusted team of experts will answer any questions that you may have and will provide guidance on what steps are best for your situation.

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