Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) Outlets in Milwaukee
You may have seen in our last blog that we are currently going through all of the different safety measures that every Milwaukee homeowner should have for their own electricity system. Last week we talked about the importance of installing AFCIs…and this week we’re going to talk about the other kind of circuit interrupter: the GFCI outlet.
Is Your Home Code Compliant?
Every Milwaukee home should have all five of these home safety protection measures in order to ensure that the risk of electrical fire is completely minimized:
- Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters
- Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter Outlets
- Electrical Panel Circuit Breaker
- Surge Protection
- Whole-Home Rewiring Inspection
Is your home equipped with all five? If you have any questions about any of these items, stay up to date with our blog or call Current Electric to hear what our experts have to say!
What is a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) Outlet?
What do the outlets in your kitchen look like? Do they have a reset button between the sockets for when the outlet is triggered? This is a feature of ground fault circuit interrupter outlets, which should be installed in your kitchen and any other room with several important electrical appliances or a faucet.
That’s because GFCI outlets are specifically designed to ground electricity when it exceeds the limitations of the outlet or appliance. For instance, if a piece of metal from a broken plug were to become wedged in a conventional outlet, the result would probably be an electrical fire, since the outlet would continue to send electricity through even though no appliance was attached.
But with a GFCI outlet, the circuit’s current would simply be grounded! As soon as the outlet or appliance is fixed, then, the sockets can be reset by depressing the black RESET button. Only when the button is pressed and the danger is cleared will the outlet be functional again.
Benefits of GFCI Outlets
When you call the Milwaukee electricians at Current Electric Company for GFCI installation, you get the total peace of mind in knowing that the job will be done right and your home will be respected. Plus, GFCI outlets reduce the risk of electrical fires and can improve the lifespan of your appliances.
Call current electric for GFCI outlet installation and home safety inspections today!