What is a Ground Fault?

  1. A ground fault is an unintentional path between an electrical power source and a grounded surface.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?

  1. A GFCI continually monitors the flow of current flowing through a circuit. If a fault is detected the GFCI interrupts the power.
  2. 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 Protection

  1. GFCI’s are invaluable for protecting life and property.
  2. They are inexpensive, easy to install, and will work on two wire circuits.
  3. GFCI’s should also be considered when using power tools around the house or when operating electric garden tools.