Have you ever been shocked by your appliance when you touch it with wet hands? Or, when you use electronic items too close to water? Having an outlet by the bathroom or kitchen sink increases this risk.
To prevent accidental electrocution, the Canadian Electrical Code requires ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets installed in all wet or damp locations such as bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, basements, garages and outdoor receptacles.
GFCIs are so sensitive that they will trip at 5-milliamperes which is sensitive enough to protect an infant's heart from electrocution!
How does GFCI work?
When an appliance or device is plugged in, electricity moves from the hot to neutral poles in the circuit and everything runs smoothly. But if a toaster, for example, is dropped in water, it creates a ground fault with the electricity escaping and anything or anyone that happens to be in the way.
A GFCI outlet has a built-in circuit breaker that interrupts the flow of electricity the instant it senses a ground fault or current escaping from the circuit. But a GFCI must be connected properly to protect other outlets on the same circuit.
If you need a GFCI checked or installed OR If your electrical system has not been upgraded for 20 years or more, contact First Aid Electric's licensed electricians to install them for you to keep you and your family out of harms way.
Call 403-250-9301 or submit your request online.
IMPORTANT TIP: Test your GFCIs monthly to ensure they are providing protection. Press the TEST button, then RESET button. If the indicator light does not go out and come back on, or if the GFCI cannot be reset, it must be replaced.
We’re available 24/7
First Aid Electric Calgary electricians are ready for any emergency electrical repairs, as well as, electrical outlet/switch repair, tamper-resistant receptacles (TRR) installation, dimmer installation, ceiling fan installation, recessed pot lights pendant lighting installation, outdoor landscape lighting installation, wiring repair, and home electrical inspections. Call us today at 403-250-9301.