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A ground fault circuit interrupter or GFCI is an electrical safety device that is designed to protect people from electrical shock or electrocution. It works by constantly monitoring the flow of electricity in a circuit and instantly shutting off the power if it detects any abnormal current flow.

How does a GFCI work?

A GFCI monitors the current flow in a circuit by comparing the amount of current going out to the amount of current returning. If there is any imbalance, it means that some of the current is leaking to the ground, which could be dangerous. In this case, the GFCI will trip and cut off power to the circuit, preventing any potential electrical hazards.

Where are GFCIs required?

GFCIs are required in many areas of the home, including bathrooms, kitchens, garages, and outdoor outlets. They are also commonly used in industrial and commercial settings to provide an extra layer of protection for workers and equipment.

Why are GFCIs important?

GFCIs are essential for protecting people from electrical shock or electrocution. They are especially important in wet or damp environments, such as bathrooms and outdoor areas, where the risk of electrical accidents is higher. By installing GFCIs in these areas, you can ensure that you and your family are safe from potential electrical hazards.

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