TIP of the Month: GFCI and Their Importance

A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) looks very much like a typical receptacle except that it has a test and reset button. Have you tested yours?

GFCI outlet

To Protect Against Shocks, the NEC
requires that ground fault protection be provided for all 125 volt 15 and 20 amp receptacle outlets:

  • In bathrooms
  • Outdoors
  • In kitchens for all receptacles that serve countertop surfaces including receptacles installed on islands and peninsulas
  • Within 6 feet from the edge of a wet bar or sink
  • In garages
  • In sheds, workshops, or storage buildings
  • Crawl spaces below grade
  • In unfinished basements
  • By swimming pools