How Does a GFCI Outlet Work?

Ground fault circuit interrupters should be installed in areas where water and electricity are in close proximity.

  • January 27, 2017

Ground fault circuit interrupter outlets can sense unsafe electrical hazards and they automatically shut off power before a serious injury or electrocution can occur. 

Did you know GFCIs should be installed in areas where water and electricity are in close proximity?

To help keep your family safe from electrical shock, install GFCI outlets in your kitchen, bathrooms, garages and where your electrical appliances may come in contact with water. You can also use GFCIs around your swimming pool or spa, and where you use power tools or gardening equipment.

GFCIs can sense unsafe electrical hazards and they automatically shut off before a serious injury or electrocution can occur. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, a GFCI can shut off within as little as 1/40 of a second.

To learn more about installing GFCI outlets, consult a qualified and licensed electrician.

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