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A GFCI can prevent a shocking experience

by Lauterborn Electric on December 27th, 2010

A GFCI is a device that when installed properly in your home can prevent electrocution and electric shock or burns

What is GFCI? GFCI is an electrical term for a ground fault circuit interrupter

What does a GFCI do? A GFCI is a device which detects ground faults and can prevent electric shock or electrical fires.

How does a GFCI work? A GFCI monitors electricity flowing in and out of a circuit.   If the electricity entering the circuit differs from the electricity returning to the source the GFCI detects the imbalance and shuts off

How would A GFCI work in your household? If you had a faulty appliance leaking current near a sink, and you touch both the appliance and your grounded faucet, electrical shock would occur. The GFCI would detect the current not returning to the source and quickly shut off.

Where is GFCI protection required? According to the 2008 NEC (national electrical codes) GFCI protection is required:

  1. Kitchen counter receptacles
  2. Outdoor receptacles
  3. Garage receptacles
  4. All receptacles in crawl spaces and unfinished basements
  5. Bathroom receptacles
  6. Laundry utility and wet bar sinks where the receptacle is within 6 feet of the outside edge of a Sink

Types of GFCIS

  1. GFCI receptacle is a device that can also protect circuits down stream
  2. GFCI breaker installed in the main electrical panel protects the entire circuit

Testing a GFCI A GFCI receptacle should be tested about once a month to insure that the device is working properly

If the safety of your family is important to you, having GFCI protection in the areas specified above is essential. For all your electrical needs feel free to contact your Philadelphia electrical contractor, Lauterborn Electric, at (215)688-8472 or check out our web site Lauterbornelectric.com

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