Keeping Your Home Safe From Electrical Hazards
Our homes are filled with electronics. When used close to water, these devices pose a real safety hazard. If a plugged-in toaster, hairdryer, cell phone or other device falls into a sink or is exposed to excessive moisture, the possibility of electrocution is quite high.
That’s why areas in your home that are near water, like your kitchen sinks, bathrooms, outdoor outlets/receptacles, basements or garages should all have ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) receptacles installed.
In fact, GFCIs are required in Ohio for all outlets near a water supply in new home constructions.
Dave’s Electric can help ensure your family is protected from electrocution with GFCI outlets installed throughout your home. With our convenient scheduling options, highly qualified electricians, and 100% satisfaction guarantee, you can trust our GFCI receptacle installation.
For a free quote on GFCI installation in Cleveland, please call us at 216-371-1580 or use our contact us page.
What is a GFCI?
A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) is a device that trips the electrical circuit when it detects that electricity is flowing along an unintended path, such as through water or a person. In other words, a GFCI instantly shuts off the flow of electricity when exposed to water, reducing the risk of electric shock which can cause death or burns. GFCIs can also prevent some fires, like when a live wire touches a metal conduit.
You know you have a GFCI outlet installed if you see “TEST” and “RESET” buttons built into the receptacle. (“TEST” is usually black while “RESET” is red.)
Where to Install GFCIs in Your Home
If your home is more than 30 years old, you might lack GFCI protection. We highly recommend upgrading certain outlets in your home to GFCIs for your family’s safety. While the installation is simple and inexpensive, it still requires the expertise of a qualified electrician for best results.
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The National Electric Code requires GFCIs to be installed anywhere an outlet is likely to come in contact with water.
These locations include but are not limited to:
Crawlspaces and unfinished basements
Laundry and utility rooms
Garages and sheds
With help from Dave’s Electric, your entire home can easily be protected with GFCI outlets. Plus, with our up-front pricing, you’ll know exactly how much the upgrade will cost before any work begins.
When you’re ready to improve the safety of your home’s electrical system, please contact us.
One of our licensed, professional and knowledgeable electricians will stop by when it’s convenient for you.