ElectricalDo I Need GFCI Outlets? If So, Where?

To say that we use the outlets in our homes more frequently than ever is an understatement. The glut of electronics and appliances filling our homes all demand electricity, and your outlets are there to provide these devices with the juice that they need in order to get you through your day. It should be noted, though, that not all outlets in Everett, WA are created equal.

In certain areas, the use of GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets may be recommended, if not actually required by local regulations. If you are uncertain of where you should have GFCI outlets in your home, or if you aren’t even sure of what these outlets are, read the following information. Should you require any electrical services, remember that G & S Heating Cooling & Electric is the company to call.

What Are GFCI Outlets?

Even if you don’t know GFCI outlets by name, you’d probably recognize one if you saw it. These are the outlets that have 2 small buttons on the face, one reading “test” and the other “reset.” The purpose of these outlets is to protect users from electric shocks, which can be painful and dangerous. They do this by tripping what is essentially a small circuit breaker within the outlet, any time that an imbalance of electricity is sensed between the hot prong and the neutral prong. This suggests that electricity is escaping and grounding itself elsewhere, such as through a human body.

Where Do I Need GFCI Outlets?

GFCI outlets are highly recommended, and in many areas required, in kitchens and bathrooms, or any other area where they will potentially be in proximity to water. They should also be used outdoors, always. If you would like to have GFCI outlets installed within your home or around your property in order to better protect yourself from the hazards of electric shocks, schedule service with the fine electricians on our staff today.


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