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What is a GFCI?

What is a GFCI?

Oct 05, 2018


A GFCI receptacle is different from conventional receptacles. In the event of a ground fault, a GFCI will trip and quickly stop the flow of electricity to prevent serious injury.


Definition of a ground fault: Instead of following its normal safe path, electricity passes through a person's body to reach the ground, For example, a defective appliance can cause a ground fault.


A GFCI receptacle does not protect against circuit overload, short circuits, or shocks. For example, you can still be shocked if you touch bare wires while standing on a non-conducting surface such as a wood floor.