Are you safe from electrical shock in your kitchen, bathroom, and garage?
At In Charge Electric we want you and your family to be safe from electrical shock. And one sure way of doing this is having GFCI receptacles where they are needed most.
What is a GFCI receptacle and what does it do?
GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. The GFCI receptacle has been designed for one purpose and one purpose only, and that is to protect you and your family from electrical shock.
Electrical current on standard devices travels in two wires. The hot wire and the neutral wire. The GFCI monitors these currents. When there is a difference of current in the hot and neutral wires, the GFCI will interrupt the household circuits causing the GFCI to automatically cut off.
Both GFCI receptacles and GFCI breakers are very sensitive. Most circuit breakers designed are programed to cut off at 15 to 20 amperes, but it is possible to be electrocuted with 100 milliamps. It’s not even one amp. A typical hair dryer use 13 amps.
There are two types of Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter protection:
- GFCI Receptacle
- GFCI Breaker
Both the GFCI Receptacle and the GFCI Circuit Breaker will detect a few milliamps of electricity causing the breaker to turn off avoiding a potential shock hazard.
The GFCI Receptacle and the GFCI Circuit Breaker saves lives and protects persons from injury but only they are installed correctly. Unfortunately, many times they are not.
The first thing you can do to start protecting your family is to learn where in your home or business a GFCI should be installed.
GFCIs are required in your kitchen, bathrooms, garages and all outdoor outlets. There are also certain rules that must be followed when it comes to GFCI breakers and outlets. That is where In Charge Electric can help you today!
If you have any questions or concerns about your electrical outlets and if they are safe, then please call today your local electricians at (352) 350-7878, or please request service from our contact page.