Frequently asked questions
Questions about oulets
Q1: What is a GFCI outlet?
A: A GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) is a special type of oulet, that is deigned to protect people from shock. The GFCI's internal parts shut off power to the oulet portion of itself and what is plugged into it, when an imbalance of current is detected.. This occurs in 25 milliseconds. The GFCI is constantly monitoring the amount of current going to and returning from equipment that is plugged in. When an imbalance of current (usually 4-6 mA) occurs, the GFCI will shut itself off. A GFCI is a safety device that will save a persons life in many circumstances. It is not recommend to buy cheap/ inexpensive versions that are found online.
Q2: Where are GFCI's required?
A: GFCI's are required in the entire kitchen, bathrooms, garage/carport, any outdoor outlet, unfinished area of a basement, laundry room, and garden tub.