What is a GFCI?

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Home Inspector with Total Home Inspection Service

A GFCI receptacle is different from conventional receptacles.In the event of a ground fault, a GFCI will trip and quickly stop the flow of electricity to prevent serious injury.

Definition of a ground fault: Instead of following its normal safe path, electricity passes through a person's body to reach the ground.For example, a defective appliance can cause a ground fault.

A GFCI receptacle does not protect against circuit overloads,short circuits, or shocks.For example you can still be shocked if you touch bare wires while standing on a non-conducting surface, such as a wood floor.

GFCI  receptacles should be installed in kicthens,bathrooms, and exterior outlets.Underwriter's Laboratories INC., recommends that all GFCIs be tested  monthly.

I hope this explains  the GFCI outlet.

Call Matt Piazza,Total Home Inspection Service, if you are buying or selling a home in New Orleans or surrounding parishes.504-421-7440

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Matt, great advice. The post are coming along. Hope your summer is smooth sailing.

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