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What is a GFCI Outlet?

A GFCI outlet, or ground fault circuit interrupter outlet, is very important to the safety of your home. In essence, a GFCI greatly reduces the chances of getting electrocuted by an outlet. You may have noticed that they are typically in specific parts of your house, and there’s a reason for that. By law, new homes are required to have GFCI outlets installed in places where water is nearby. This is because those areas are most susceptible to be a source of electrocution.

How do they work?

A GFCI outlet, or ground fault circuit interrupter outlet, is very important to the safety of your home. In essence, a GFCI greatly reduces the chances of getting electrocuted by an outlet. You may have noticed that they are typically in specific parts of your house, and there’s a reason for that. By law, new homes are required to have GFCI outlets installed in places where water is nearby. This is because those areas are most susceptible to be a source of electrocution.

Where are they required?

GFCIs are, in fact, required by law. Since being introduced in the 70s, GFCIs are now required in the following places:

  • Home exteriors
  • Crawl spaces
  • Wet bars
  • Bathrooms
  • Garages
  • Every kitchen outlet next to a countertop
  • Basements
  • Electrically heated floors

As we already mentioned, there is a consistent theme amongst the places listed above. They are all areas in which water can be prevalent or is on a consistent basis. This is because water is the most likely thing to trigger an electrical surge that results in injury. 

If you are in need of GFCI outlet installation, contact the professionals at Gulf Coast Electric. We can set up an appointment to have you feeling safe in your home.