Electrical Safety Tips

GFCI: What They Are

A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) is an overcurrent protection device designed to interrupt the electrical circuit to the load when a current to ground exceeds a predetermined value.

GFCIs are designed to almost instantly sense an electrical ground fault and interrupt the protected circuit to stop the flow of electrical current before someone is hurt.

GFCIs should be tested monthly to ensure that they are in proper operating condition.

To test your GFCI you should:

1. push the “reset” button on the GFCI.
2. plug in a light or small appliance (turn on).
3. push the “test” button – the light or small appliance should turn off.
4. push the “reset” button – the light or small appliance should turn on.

If your GFCI does not function as outlined above you should contact a licensed electrical contractor or electrician to check and fix the GFCI.

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