What is a GFCI Outlet?
A GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) outlet is designed to reduce the risk of electric shock caused by ground faults by shuting off an electric circuit if the electricity is traveling outside of its intended path. GFCI receptacles work by comparing the currents going in and out and disconnecting them if the difference exceeds 4-6 milliamperes. Learn more about GFCI receptacles with our blog: What is a GFCI?
Where should a GFCI outlet be installed?
GFCI outlets are required in many potentially wet locations like kitchens, bathrooms, unfinished basements, garages, outdoors, and anywhere near sinks.
What is Self-Grounded?
A self-grounding electrical outlet features copper clips and a mounting screw. This mounting screw is designed to pick up the grounding from the box instead of having to ground it with a grounding wire.
What is Tamper Resistant?
Tamper resistant GFCI receptacles contain an internal, spring-loaded shutter that does not allow the entry of foreign objects. The shutter will not permit an electrical connection unless the pressure on both sides of the internal shutter is even. This feature is ideal for residential locations, schools, or daycares because it prevents children from accidentally electrocuting themselves and is safer than an outlet cover because it does not present a choking hazard.
What is Weather Resistant?
Weather resistant GFCI receptacles are made with more durable housing and corrosion-resistant metal components that resist both UV lights and extreme temperatures. This feature is most useful for GFCIs installed on outside patios, decks, or screened in porches.
What is a Self-Testing GFCI?
A self-testing GFCI provides periodic, automatic testing for ground faults. If the self-testing GFCI detects a ground fault, then it denies power to the outlet and provides a visual and/or audible indication of the problem. Learn more about self-testing GFCIs from out blog: What is a Self-Testing GFCI?