Why You Should Install GFCI Outlets

When it comes to the electrical components of your home, you’ll do everything you can to protect yourself and your family. One of the best ways to do this is by installing GCFI outlets in various areas of your home. GFCI outlets help prevent electrical shocks and are recommended or required for use in parts of your home that use a lot of water, such as the kitchen or bathroom. However, many technicians recommend them in more areas to keep everyone safe from harm. Learn more about GFCI outlets in this guide.

What Is a GFCI Outlet?

GFCI outlets help protect your family members from electrical shock. You may recognize these outlets because they are commonly found in kitchens. They look much like normal outlets except for a key visual difference, the “test” and “reset” buttons. With any modern electrical outlet there are three slots. The round one at the bottom is known as the “ground,” the larger left is “neutral” and the right one is called “hot.” Usually, when a plug is working as it should, electricity flows from hot to neutral.

When something interrupts the current, it increases the chances of electrical shock. For example, water may interfere with the normal flow of electricity. If you are holding a hair dryer and it gets wet for any reason, the current may suddenly flow from hot to you. This could be extremely dangerous. However, a GFCI outlet senses any change in the flow of electricity almost immediately and shuts off the breaker as soon as possible. You should test the reset button every month to ensure it is still working properly.

Choosing Professionals for Installation

When you need GFCI installation, be sure to only leave the job up to electricians who can ensure safe installation and that have protection in areas that you may not have thought of, such as outdoors or in a laundry room. Many of today’s homes have GFCI outlets throughout as an added safety feature. This is a good idea for homeowners with small children. In any case, building codes often require these outlets in bathrooms and kitchens. Be sure to choose professionals who know the codes and proper procedures. For electrical installation in Carpentersville, call the trained electricians at Service King today!

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