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Why do I Need a GFCI Outlet?

You’ll need to install GFCI outlets in all wet or damp locations in your home to bring your house up to the National Electrical Code (NEC). GFCI outlets can also protect you from dangerous shocks that can come through devices that might be exposed to moisture.

Where to Install Your GFCI Outlet

GFCI outlets should be installed in your bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. Does your home have a basement, pool, spa, attached garage, or a utility room? You may also want to install a GFCI receptacle at each of these locations.

GFCI breakers should be installed near the breaker box, the outside disconnect, and the service mast extending through the roof.

In case you have to reset your GFCI outlets, it’s smart to install them in accessible places. Avoid installing them behind furniture, and especially behind your refrigerator or freezer where they could trip without your knowledge.

Protect Yourself From Shock!

Adding GFCI outlets can save you from a big shock, because they turn off power if they sense an imbalance of electrical current in the circuit. Without this failsafe, your home appliances could suffer from electrical damage, and even worse, you or your family could get a nasty shock.

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