GFCI Receptacles and Breakers
The GFCI receptacle is one of the best inventions that have been made when it comes to electrical devices. The GFCI receptacle has been designed for one purpose, and that is to protect you and your family from electrical shock.
The GFCI can interrupt household circuits when there is a difference between the current in the hot and the neutral wires. When the GFCI detects the difference in current, the GFCI will automatically cut off. GFCI receptacles and GFCI breakers are very sensitive. A typical circuit breaker is designed to cut off at 15 or 20 amperes. However, someone can be electrocuted with 100 milliamps. 100 milliamps is a tiny number; it's a small fraction of 1.
We have been asked many times, “can less than one amp hurt or kill me?” The answer is yes. That is why it’s so important to have GFCI installed.
There are two types of GFCI protection.
- The GFCI receptacle
- The GFCI breaker
GFCI Receptacle Installation
Both GFCI circuit breaker and GFCI receptacle will detect a few milliamps and trip the breaker to remove a potential shock hazard. Not only can the GFCI protect you from electrical shock it can save your life.
It’s important to know where GFCI’s should be installed around your home and business. That is where John's Electric can help you today. GFCIs are required in your kitchen, bathrooms, garages and all outdoor outlets? There are certain rules that must be followed when it comes to GFCI breakers and outlets.
When it comes to GFCI’s, here is what is important.
- GFCI’s should have been tested and certified by a UL certified company?
- Was the GFCI installed correctly?
- Has the GFCI been installed where it is required?
Nothing is more important that the safety of you and your loved ones. If you have any questions or concerns about the outlets and circuits that are in your home, then call John's Electric today.