What is a Ground Fault?
- A ground fault is an unintentional path between an electrical power source and a grounded surface.
- One example would be using a shop vac to clean up a flooded basement. If the motor or the cord are defective, the person operating the vac could become the path to ground resulting in electrocution.
- Another example would be a short circuit in a swimming pool motor. As a person enters the water, they could become the grounding path resulting in electrocution.
Hoe Does a GFCI Work?
- A GFCI continually monitors the flow of current flowing through a circuit. If a fault is detected the GFCI interrupts the power.
- GFCI’s are designed to trip in a split second to stop the flow of electricity before it can interrupt the heartbeat.
Where to Install
- GFCI’s should be installed in damp or wet locations.
- Kitchens, Bathrooms, Garages, Outdoors, Basements, Wet Bars, Laundry and Utility Rooms, Swimming Pools, and Crawlspaces.
- GFCI’s are invaluable for protecting life and property.
- They are inexpensive, easy to install, and will work on two wire circuits.
- GFCI’s should also be considered when using power tools around the house or when operating electric garden tools.