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GFCI Receptacles Keep You SAFE

Thursday, March 27, 2014

About 200 people in the U.S. alone die of ground faults each year, accounting for two-thirds of all electrocutions occurring in homes. Keep reading to learn more about keeping you and your family safe!

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) are used to protect people from electrical shock. If a person’s body starts to receive a shock, the GFCI senses this and cuts off the power before he/she can get injured. The GFCI will “sense” the difference in the amount of electricity flowing into the circuit to that flowing out, even in amounts of current as small as 4 or 5 milliamps. The GFCI reacts quickly (less than one-tenth of a second) to trip or shut off the circuit.



Click 
here for more information on what a ground fault is and how a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter can protect you!



GFCIs are generally installed where electrical circuits may unintentionally come into contact with water. GFCIs are required by the National Electric Code in all new kitchens, bathrooms, crawl spaces, unfinished basements, and most outdoor receptacles.



GFCI outlets should be tested on a monthly basis.
Simply, plug in a light fixture and turn it on. Then push the device's test button. If the light stays on, the GFCI needs to be replaced.

 

Is your GFCI receptacle needing replaced or you want a GFCI receptacle installed, ICE Co. is here to help you!

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