A professional electrical contractor would recommend that you install a GFCI if you still don’t have one. GFCI or ground fault circuit interrupter is a useful device that keeps you, your family, and your house safe from getting unexpected electrical shock.
Benefits of installing GFCI
Below is a list of the many benefits that you could gain from having your electrical contractor to install a GFCI in your home.
- To increase protection to homes built 25 years ago. These homes don’t have the proper and appropriate protection in place to prevent and avoid electrical fire, electrical shock, and other accidents caused by electrical surges.
- To prevent and avoid deaths from electrical shock. According to reports, more than 60% of deaths caused by electrical shock could have been prevented if GFCI’s were installed in the home.
- To ensure your gadgets and appliances will not be damaged should an electrical shock occur. Keep in mind that electrical shocks do not only affect individuals who are unfortunately near the plug or outlet. It could also affect and cause damage to gadgets and appliances that are plugged in to the outlet.
- To increase the efficiency of power distribution from your circuit breaker. If you experience unusual power surges, the GFCI will automatically block the circuit wire to stop the power surge from reaching your outlets.
Ideal places to install GFCI
There are lots of places in the house where you can have your electrical contractor install GFCI’s. Here are some of the most ideal places:
- Outdoor outlets and fixtures
- Swimming pools
- Saunas and hot tubs
The key is to place the GFCI’s in areas where you have electricity wires that are in close proximity to a water source or moisture. Also, if you have experienced electrical shock before, be sure to have a GFCI install in the area where you had the shock.
It also helps if you seek professional advice from your electrician on the other electrical shock hazards inside your home. Obviously, you will want to install more than one GFCI to ensure maximum protection to your family, home, and electrical gadgets and appliances.
After having GFCI’s installed throughout your house, don’t just forget about them. You need to regularly test them to ensure they are still in efficient working conditions. Schedule a day in one month when you would go around the house and test your GFCI outlets.
Here’s an easy step-by-step to test your GFCI outlets.
- Plug a lamp into the GFCI outlet and switch it on.
- Press the test button on the outlet. The Reset button will pop out. The lamp’s light should turn off.
- Press the Reset button to restore electricity flow to the outlet. The lamp should light again after pressing the Reset button.
For more information on GFCI, contact a licensed electrical contractor. Call MB Electrician Pros now.
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