There are nearly 400 electrocutions in the U.S. each year. GFCIs could prevent nearly 70% of these occurrences1. That’s why it’s so important for your safety and the safety of your family that GFCI outlets be installed in all wet or damp areas of the home – inside and out. The fact that this is required by the National Electrical Code is just another good reason to adhere to this advice. We all know that water and electricity don’t mix but yet we still use a hairdryer in the bathroom, a blender on the kitchen counter near the sink, and audio equipment by the pool.
As a quick refresher, GFCI outlets are designed to help prevent people from receiving dangerous shocks due to ground faults. When a ground fault occurs and electricity from an appliance passes through the person’s body, the resulting shock can cause serious injury or even death. To help prevent this occurrence, GFCIs have special circuitry built into them that monitors the electrical power it feeds to the item plugged into the outlet. If the GFCI detects a ground fault, it shuts off power to that item in a fraction of a second to help prevent serious injury. By doing so, GFCIs offer a simple solution to help make your home a safer place for everyone.
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* Source – Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI)