GFCI Outlets Are There For Your Safety
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) were first introduced in Canada over 40 years ago. These devices detect electrical current when it flows through unintentional paths such as water or people.
GFCI breakers monitor an imbalance of current between the grounded and ungrounded conductors of a circuit. If the current entering a GFCI is different than the current leaving the GFCI, the unit de-energizes the circuit. GFCIs are easily identified by the reset and test buttons located on the outlet.
Call our Abbotsford electricians at Premium Electric today at 604-308-6195 or send us an email if you have any questions or wish to have GFCI outlets installed in your home.
Why do I need a GFCI outlet?
Since their introduction, GFCI outlets have reduced the number of electrocution related deaths from 800+ per year to fewer than 200. GFCIs are a compulsory safety measure for certain locations in your home that drastically reduce the risk of personal injury to you and your family. By constantly monitoring the flow of electricity, these outlets are designed to prevent electrocution should instability in the electrical signal be detected.
Where do I need GFCI outlets?
When power outlets will be located near water or near the ground, our Abbotsford electricians recommend installing GFCI power outlets. This would include any power outlets in your home that are closer than 1.5 metres from your sink, and outdoor power outlets that are located within 2.5 metres of the ground or next to a water source such as a swimming pool or outdoor tap.
Consider having GFCI power outlets installed in any or all of the following locations in your home:
- Next to a bathroom sink or tub
- Adjacent to a kitchen sink
- Beside a laundry sink or utility sink
- Close to wet bars
- Inside garages
- Within crawlspaces and unfinished basements
- As exterior power outlets on the outside of your house
- Near spas and pools
Using and Testing a GFCI Outlet
You would use a GFCI power outlet just as you would any normal outlet in your home. You can plug any device requiring an electrical current and that appliance will work just the same.
To test your GFCI outlet, plug in a small lamp or other electrical appliance and turn it on. Press the test button on the GFCI power outlet. If the lamp or appliance stops working, the GFCI outlet is functioning correctly. Press the reset button and the outlet will return to normal, functioning mode.
If you have any concerns about any of the power outlets in your home or if you need an outlet repaired or replaced, call our Abbotsford electricians Mike Speakman and Tristan McAllan today at 604-308-6195.