What is a GFCI outlet? A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlet is an inexpensive device that can be installed or built into your electrical system to protect you from electrical shocks. Not only have GFCIs been integral in reducing electrocutions, but they could prevent thousands more electrical burns, shocks, and fires injuries every year.

Where to Use a GFCI Outlet

A GFCI outlet is used in place of a standard duplex receptacle. It fits into a standard outlet box and protects against ground faults for whatever is plugged into the outlet and other electrical outlets on the same circuit.


The coverage of GFCI outlets has increased over the years. They must be used outdoors in new construction, bathrooms, garages and kitchens, unfinished basements, wet bar sinks, and laundry and utility sinks. Additionally, they can be used on portable devices like garden equipment or electric tools.

Benefits of a GFCI Outlet

Here’s how a GFCI Outlet can save you money and give you peace of mind.

  • Safety
    GFCI outlets prevent electrical shock with sensors inside them that monitor the flow of electricity. They also prevent electrical fires and bring your outlets up to modern electrical codes.

  • Easy to install (and affordable)
    Someone with basic knowledge of electrical wiring may be able to replace a standard three-pronged outlet with a GFCI outlet. Most GFCI outlets are affordable and require minimal tools, such as a flat screwdriver, a Phillips screwdriver, a flashlight, and the GFCI outlet and its cover.

  • Save you money
    GFCI outlets prevent sudden spikes in electricity, which can damage your appliances or electrical devices. Installing a GFCI outlet in your home ensures that a steady amount of electricity flows to appliances and devices, preventing electrical leaks that can shorten the lifespan of your devices.


Additionally, out-of-date, less efficient outlets can cause a higher energy bill.

GFCI outlets offer peace of mind

GFCI outlets are designed to prevent electrocution, injuries, and fires. They are required in new home construction and can save the lifespan of your appliances and devices by providing a consistent flow of electricity.

For all your lightning needs, make an appointment today with the team at Mr. Sparky in Pleasantville. Our trained and licensed technicians will help you choose the best plan of action for your requirements.