We use so much electricity, and do it so casually, that we don’t tend to stop and think about the outlets that provide us with our electricity very often. In fact, most of us only give outlets much thought when we are cursing the fact that there is not an available outlet when our phones are about to die. Do not be fooled by their ubiquity, though; our electrical outlets are among the most important features of our electrical systems. That is why it is so important that you know for certain that your outlets are appropriate for the task at hand. Below you’ll find some information regarding GFCI outlets. If you require any GFCI outlet services in Boston, MA, contact FB Electrical Services to get started.
What Is a GFCI Outlet?
A GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlet is one which provides homeowners with ample protection from electric shocks and, potentially, fatal electrocution. You would likely be able to identify one if you knew what you were looking for; these are the outlets which feature both “test” and “reset” buttons on the outlet face plate. GFCI outlets measure the electricity put forth against the electricity being used by the device in question. If there is a difference between the two levels above an allotted amount, the outlet determines that electricity is finding a way in which to ground itself: potentially through the body of the user. The electricity is shut off nearly instantaneously in such instances.
When to Use GFCI Outlets
GFCI outlets are, according to the National Electric Code, now required in all new kitchens, bathrooms, unfinished basements, and in many outdoor receptacles. Generally speaking, it is a good idea to have GFCI outlets installed in any area where water is likely to be present (hence the aforementioned requirements). While not mandated by any law, many homeowners are choosing to replace outlets throughout their homes with GFCI models. Contact us if you have any questions or if you’d like to upgrade your outlets for better protection.