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What is a GFCI outlet?

Ground fault circuit interrupter outlets are now required in areas like kitchens, bathrooms, and garages, where the risk of electrical shock is greatest. However, some older homes may still have the original, standard outlets in these locations. GFCIs can be identified by the “test” and “reset” buttons located on the receptacle. These outlets help protect you from electrical hazards by monitoring the amount of electricity flowing in a circuit. The moment the outlet detects an imbalance in the flow of electricity, the GFCI cuts off power to the outlet.

Installing a GFCI outlet greatly reduces the risk of electrical shock. They also help prevent fires, an especially important function in areas like kitchens where high-voltage appliances are frequently in use.