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Whats that outlet with buttons? I know you've seen them.

A "GFCI" is a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter.
Ground Fault Circuit InterupterThis is picture of an outlet version. Some other versions are breakers in the electric panel, separate plug-type, or stand alone. A ground fault circuit interrupter is an inexpensive electrical device that, if installed in household branch circuits, could prevent over two-thirds of the approximately 300 electrocutions still occurring each year in and around the home. Installation of the device could also prevent thousands of burn and electric shock injuries each year.

The GFCI is designed to protect people from severe or fatal electric shocks Because a GFCI detects ground faults, it can also prevent some electrical fires and reduce the severity of others by interrupting the flow of electric current. Where are they needed? General standards say within 6 feet of a water source, outdoors, unfinished basements, and garages. How many do you have? Get great  info about GFCI's here.

2 Comments to Whats that outlet with buttons? I know you've seen them.:

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Zach Skidmore on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 12:24 PM
Great blog post. Many people don't understand the importance of the "GFCI" outlet. It makes it much safer when around water. What is the general rule, "if you can touch the outlet and a water source, it needs to be a GFCI"? Thanks Brad. Zach Skidmore Prudential Fox and Roach Realtors www.CenterCityHomes.com
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Brad on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 1:37 PM
The rule is: 6 feet from a water source. The general rule I use is: if you can touch both water and the outlet, it needs to be a GFCI. (Which is just about 6 feet for most people).

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