Replacing conventional AC power outlets with a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (or GFCI outlets) in wet areas can improve your home’s safety. And, Electrical Safety, Security and Reliability are the focus at Rockwall Electric.
Even today’s modern electrical devices are subject to the basic principles of electricity. One of the most important being – water and electricity don’t mix! Luckily, there is a technology available to help protect you from this shocking hazard. In fact, Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters have been providing this type of protection to consumers since the early 1970s.
What is a ground fault?
A ground fault is an unintentional electrical path between a power source and a grounded surface.
These leakage currents usually occur when an electrical appliance is damaged or the electrical parts are wet, causing electrical current to flow outside of the circuit conductors. If your body provides a path to the ground for this current, you could be burned, severely shocked, or electrocuted.
What are ground fault circuit interrupters, or GFCIs?
GFCIs are electrical safety devices that are designed to protect people from electric shock and electrocution.
Typically, GFCIs are installed in areas where water and electricity are in close proximity, such as the bathroom, kitchen, garage, basement, and outdoors.
They are especially useful for cord-connected appliances and equipment used outdoors or near water.
How do GFCIs work?
GFCIs prevent deadly shock by quickly shutting off power to the circuit if the electricity flowing into the circuit differs by even a slight amount from that returning, indicating a loss of current.
Schedule a service call with Rockwall Electric today to ensure your plugs are safe!