Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters have saved thousands of lives since their introduction in to the National Electrical Code in the 1970s. Make sure your home is properly protected against ground faults with the correct installation of GFCIs.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 50% of home electrocutions have been prevented by the introduction of GFCIs.
GFCI protection is required for outlets installed in:
Balconies, decks, and porches
Within 6ft of a sink
Within 6ft of a bathtub or shower
How to test a GFCI:
Push the RESET button
Plug in a nightlight or similar device
The nightlight should be ON
Press the TEST button on the GFCI
The nightlight should turn OFF
Push the RESET button again
The nightlight should turn ON
If the device does not turn on, contact a qualified electrician to inspect the outlet