Lane Electric Company offers a wide variety of switches and plugs including many GFI and GFCI solutions with quality and safety in mind.
In recent years, the National Electric Code has included requirements for special outlets where such accidents could happen: pools, garages, kitchens, bathrooms, near spas, and in some other outdoor areas. These special outlets are called “GFIs” or “GFCIs” (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters). A GFI detects that the current in an appliance is no longer flowing in its proper circuit. It shuts off the current within milliseconds.
Check that your kitchens, bathrooms, garage, and outdoor areas are equipped with working GFIs. (Refrigerators are incompatible with GFI outlets and should not be plugged into one.) If your home doesn’t have GFI outlets or they are no longer working, give Lane Electric Company in Pell City a call. GFIs are an inexpensive investment in your family’s safety.
What is a GFI outlet used for?
GFI, or GFCI, stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. This device is used to protect from electric shocks from potentials faults in the electrical devices used.
Where should I install a GFI?
A GFI outlet should be placed in areas that require electricity but are also near moisture such as bathrooms or kitchens.
How does a GFCI outlet work?
A GFI compares the current being input to the current being output. If there is a difference in current this means there could be a leakage somewhere. The GFI then cuts off the power to the leaking device which reduces the chance of getting shocked.
What is a ground fault?
A ground fault occurs when the “hot” wire touches the ground wire of a junction box or appliance. Large amounts of energy are forced through the fuse or circuit breaker cause it to blow or trip.
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