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GFI Outlets – Highly Increased Safety

Your teenage child is standing in a puddle, barefoot, while trimming your lawn with your electric lawn trimmers. This is obviously not a very good idea. Because electricity will always take the path of least resistance, leaving them at a very high risk for electric shock under this situation. When plugged into a standard electrical outlet, an accident such as this could easily cause death.

According to the new National Electric Code, special outlets are now required in any areas that could lead to this type of accident, including garages, pools, kitchens, bathrooms and outdoors. These outlets are called Ground Fault Interrupters (GFIs). Whenever the outlet senses that electrical current is no longer running in the correct path, it will shut off power to the outlet. This takes milliseconds to occur, which could eventually save your life.

In addition to their increased safety, GFI outlets look much different than standard receptacles. You will notice a “Test” button and a “Reset” button on their surface. To test a GFI outlet, simply press the “Test” button. If everything is working properly, power will be cut to the outlet and the “Reset” button will pop out. To return your outlet to normal operation, simply depress the “Reset” button. It is important to test your GFI outlets at least once a month to ensure that they are working properly. For more information, check out our tips for GFIs.

If you live in an older home, make sure that all outdoor areas, garages, bathrooms and kitchens utilize GFI outlets. Keep in mind that your refrigerator should never be plugged into a GFI outlet. If you have faulty GFI outlets, or need to upgrade your standard outlets to GFIs, call us for a Free Estimate or Free Home Safety Inspection. Installing GFIs is one of the most effective, low-cost ways to increase your home and family’s safety.

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