Jul 14 2011

Electrical Safety: What is a GFCI? – The House Plan Shop

Posted at 7:04 am under Home Safety

GFCI ReceptacleIf you are building a new house, you may have heard your builder, contractor or electrician mention a GFCI. Do you know what a GFCI is and why it is necessary it install them in your home?


A GFCI is a ground fault circuit interrupter. It is a device designed to protect people from electric shock and electrocution. This simple device constantly monitors the electricity flowing through an electrical circuit and will quickly switch off power to that circuit if any loss of current occurs.


GFCI receptacles are required by electrical code and standard in areas of the home where water may come into contact with products and appliances that require electricity to operate such as the toaster, hair dryer and power tools. The areas of the home where the use of GFCIs is standard include bathrooms, the kitchen, garage and basement.


If you are not sure if GFCIs are being used in the construction of your new home, find out immediately by checking with your builder, contractor or electrician. Make sure your home doesn’t become a fire hazard.


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2 Responses to “Electrical Safety: What is a GFCI? – The House Plan Shop”

  1. Kevin Harrison 29 Aug 2011 at 7:31 am 1

    Ah I see! I heard that GFCI once, now I know what it means. So true, short circuit or fault circuit is usually one of the common cause of fires at home. This GFCI looks so great device for fire prevent, thanks to technology!

  2. Electrician Raleigh NCon 31 Aug 2011 at 2:27 pm 2

    Great info! Anyone who is building a new home should read this.

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