Electricity has made our modern lives so much more convenient. It’s to the point where we probably take it for granted. Even so, we must respect it. That’s because it can be incredibly dangerous, too. One of the easiest ways to protect yourself, your family, and your home against electrical hazards is to use a GFCI or ground-fault circuit interrupter.
What Is It?
The GFCI is paired with an electrical outlet. This configuration provides maximum protection for your home and family. Most of the time, the GFCI is built into the outlet already. That said, you can still get portable or pluggable versions should you need them. GFCIs monitor the power that flows into a device connected to the outlet. Then it compares this reading with the correct power level associated with the device. The associated power is what is flowing away from the device and is headed into the ground or a neutral connection. If there is an imbalance between inflow and outflow, then a localized circuit is tripped. This means that the outlet no longer gives out any power.
Why Do You Need It?
So now let’s talk about why you need a GFCI. it reacts to situations where an electric shock could happen. While a circuit breaker is also important for preventing surges and overloads, it won’t respond as quickly as a GFCI can. This means that GFCIs can save your life. If you have outlets close to a source of water, such as in the kitchen, bathroom, or by the backyard pool, then you definitely need to have a GFCI.
The Importance of Installation
These devices are outlets. The installation matters, because if it is installed incorrectly, then it can become a problem instead of a solution. Think of it this way: don’t let the wires get switched. This removes any protection you might have, even if the outlet still has some power.
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