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Ask a Santa Rosa Electrician: Why Use GFCI Outlets in My Home?

Between the kids’ toys to televisions, water heaters, HVAC systems, and so many other devices and appliances, the electrical system in your home really powers your daily life. While electricity is one of the most ubiquitous and convenient power sources in use today, it is very important to remember that it has the potential to do serious damage and even to create a dangerous environment. That is why it is so necessary that your electrical system is installed, maintained and repaired by a qualified Santa Rosa, CA electrician.

Here is some information about how using GFCI outlets in your home can help to make it a safer place to live.

What is GFCI Outlet?

GFCI (ground fault circuit interceptor) outlets are those outlets you may have encountered, most likely in bathrooms and kitchens, which have 2 buttons between the top and bottom outlets: a “test” button and a “reset” button. The purpose of such outlets is to provide added protection from electrocution during their operation. While they are commonly used around kitchen sinks and in bathrooms, areas where wet conditions are very common, there is no reason that you cannot use GFCI outlets throughout your entire home.

During their operation, GFCI outlets reduce the risk of electrocution, fires and damage to electrical appliances due to faulty circuits. As energy travels throughout a circuit, it is monitored by the outlet. If there is an imbalance then a ground fault is recognized as the cause and the outlet trips the circuit, disrupting the flow of electricity. Ground faults can be caused by a variety of different occurrences, such as a person touching a charged area of the circuit. When this happens, you yourself can become part of the circuit, risking electrocution as electricity travels through you to the ground. While you may still get a stinging shock from a GFCI outlet in the fraction of a second before it trips, it will protect you from actual electrocution.

To learn more about GFCI outlet installation, contact a professional Santa Rosa, CA electrician at Mister Sparky® of the Bay Area. With our years of experience and an A+ rating from the BBB, you know you can count on us for truly outstanding service. 

Call Mister Sparky® of the Bay Area at (707) 368-4821 today to learn more!