Protecting Your Family with a GFCI Outlet
One of the best and most cost-effective things you can do for your safety is to have a GFCI installation performed. Short for “ground fault circuit interrupter,” a GFCI is designed to prevent shock. This differs from fuses and breakers, which are designed to prevent electrical fires due to circuit overload.
A GFCI is much more sensitive than your typical outlet. In most normal 120-volt receptacles, there are three slots: one for the outward flowing current, one for returning, and another to ground it. With a standard receptacle, there would be no way to know if the electricity is returning back to the outlet in the event of an incident such as a wet appliance or electrocution. With a GFCI, the amount of current flowing through each prong is measured and if there’s even the slightest imbalance, then power to the receptacle is cut within fractions of a second, potentially saving lives.
A GFCI outlet installation from Mr. Value Electricians can bring multiple benefits to your home, including: