The Dangers of Non-GFCI Outlets in Bathrooms & Kitchens

GFCI Outlets Are Vital For Your Safety

Any area in (or outside) your home where moisture and water are commonly present should have GFCI outlets to protect against harmful electrical shocks. This is especially important in high traffic areas such as bathrooms and kitchens.

The dangers are simple: shock or even death from electricity. Kitchens and bathrooms are routinely used every day and the amount of water and electrical appliances used within these rooms makes the likelihood of electrical shock higher. Things like curling irons, hair dryers and small cooking appliances all pose as electrical shock threats.

For example, if part of you is in contact with a metal fixture that is grounded, such as a running faucet, and you touch a plugged in hair dryer, the power surge within the hair dryer can combine with the conductive power of the water and result in you being painfully shocked or even killed through electrocution.

How A GFCI Outlet Protects You

GFCI stands for ground fault circuit interrupter. GFCI outlets work to protect you from shock by immediately halting the flow of electricity whenever they detect an imbalance in the electrical current. If a ground fault occurs, the GFCI outlet will cut off electricity almost instantaneously, preventing you from being shocked.

The National Electrical Code actually requires that GFCI outlets are installed in spaces where high levels of water and moisture can occur, though many older homes built before this code went into effect could still have regular outlets in their kitchens and bathrooms.

Call The Certified Electricians at Doug’s For Your GFCI Needs

If you need GFCI outlets anywhere in your home or any other electrical services, call Doug’s Refrigeration at (985) 222-2913 or contact us to schedule service. Our trained and experienced electricians know how to properly install these outlets. We assess your specific needs so that you’ll have the right amount of dependable protection in the event of a potentially deadly ground fault accident.

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