What is a GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter)?

A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter is an outlet that protects against electric shock from contact with water. When the interrupter senses when power is going where it shouldn’t it shuts off. Most building codes require that they be used in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and in many outdoor areas.

Many people install these and fail to test them. However, GFCI should be tested periodically to ensure they are in working condition. Testing is simple: press the test button on the outlet. Then check by plugging in a simple electrical device to make sure the electricity turned off. Then press the reset button and make sure the electricity is flowing again. If either button fails to do what it is supposed to do, you should immediately call Price Electric (Cincinnati: 513-874-9300; Dayton: 937-790-1650) to replace the device.

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