Required Electrical Shock Protection
GFI or GFCI outlets are safety devices that provide electric shock protection to personel using this type of electrical outlet.
GFCI is an abbreviation of "Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter". The device is sometimes referred to as "GFI" whereas the longer term is actually correct.
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What does a GFCI outlet do and how does it work?
A GFCI outlet or a GFCI circuit breaker interrupts the flow of electricity, like an automatic switch that turns off the power if it detects electricity flowing along the wrong path, which is the condition that occurs when someone gets a shock from an appliance or device plugged into an electrical wall outlet.
Actually without shock protection, you can get shocked from any piece of electrical equipment, particularly faulty electrical equipment, or electrical equipment used in damp or wet locations.
Why Do I Need Shock Protection?
GFCI, ground fault circuit interrupters are required where you are likely to be wet or in contact with water, outdoors, in garages, in basements, in kitchens and bathrooms etc.
These are places where you could possibly be wet or in contact with the earth, or ground while you've got something plugged in and running. These are the circumstances where you are most likely to get a shock, therefore the requirement that protection against electric shock is necessary.
GFCI receptacle outlet (left# and GFCI circuit breaker #right). Either device provides shock protection by the same manner.
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