This Simple Electrical Upgrade Has Saved Thousands of Lives
Since the early 1970s one simple electrical upgrade has prevented more electrocution injuries and deaths than any other device – the ground fault circuit interrupter, also known as the GFCI. The devices have cut electrocution deaths by half in the U.S., preventing thousands of deaths and injuries.
GFCIs are important safety devices that trip electrical circuits when they detect ground faults or a change in currents. If a person becomes part of a route for a current leak, they will be severely shocked or even electrocuted. GFCI outlets prevent deadly shock by instantly shutting off power to the circuit if the electricity flowing into the circuit differs by even the slightest amount that what is returning.
As we all know, water and electricity don't mix. A GFCI should be installed in any indoor or outdoor location where water could come into contact with electrical devices. The National Electrical Code requires that GFCIs be used in all kitchens, bathrooms, garages, and outdoors. But it's not just water that presents a hazard, electrical shorts form defective devices are another danger that GFCIs can provide protection from electric shock.
Can I install GFCIs myself?
GFCIs should only be installed by a licensed, qualified electrician. Portable GFCIs are available for outdoor use or temporary applications inside the home and require no tools to install and provide flexibility in using receptacles that are not GFCI-protected.
Clover Electric installs GFCIs throughout the greater Cleveland area. If you already have GFCIs in your home, Clover Electric can test them to ensure they are working properly.