What is a GFCI Outlet?
GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. It simply means an outlet that can prevent electrical shock in wet locations such as bathrooms, kitchens and outdoor areas. A GFCI has two buttons: a test button and a reset button.
This type of outlet constantly monitors electricity flowing in a circuit, to sense any loss of current. The GFCI outlet is there to protect people from electrical shock, which is completely different from a fuse. It’s important to have a GFCI in “wet locations” in your home, such as a bathroom, kitchen or laundry room. If you don’t have a GFCI in these locations throughout your home, it’s important to bring a professional electrician in to install one. A professional will also be able to determine if there are other “code” issues within your home and can make the appropriate recommendations.