Small safety steps can make a powerful difference. If you have noticed outlets with a reset button on them around your house, these outlets are known as GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets. They play a vital role in keeping your home safe. Our team at Powerworks Electric wants to help you protect your home and family through using proper GFCI outlets. If you are unfamiliar with the benefits of GFCI outlets, consider these strong reasons for making sure your home is properly outfitted with GFCI outlets.
- Get your Home up to Code—GFCI outlets are a code requirement for modern residential homes. You are required to have GFCI outlets in any places with a water source present, such as your kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room, crawl space, mud room, garages, basement, etc. Although you are not required to update an existing home which was built before the GFCI mandate to modern GFCI requirements, your home will be safer. Also, if you expect to sell or rent your home in the future, you will have to update them. If you walk around your home and find any rooms with a water source and no GFCI outlets, give us a call. We can get your home in compliance with the code today.
- Protect your Home from an Electrical Fire—Over time, your insulation deteriorates and your wires age. If a wire comes loose or becomes exposed, you could have a fire sparked due to a prolonged ongoing leak in electrical current. A GFCI outlet will detect the surge of electrical current and shut it down before a fire can be sparked. Especially if you are living in an older home with older wiring, a GFCI outlet can be an important safeguard for your house and belongings.
- Stop the Electrical Shock—GFCI outlets monitor electrical current, detecting any abnormalities or stray electrical current in the wrong place. The system is designed to direct the shock into the ground. If the electrical current is directed to a person, the outcome can be deadly. GFCI outlets ensure misdirected or faulty electrical currents are shut down safely. Whether from water exposure, power surge, or faulty technology, GFCI outlets prevent painful shocks.
If your home is not grounded ideally with GFCI outlets, give Powerworks Electric a call! We can help you improve your home safety with the simple addition of GFCI outlets.