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Every home should have ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) because they keep everyone safe from suffering severe electrical shocks or burns. A Randy’s Electric technician can come to your home and install GFCIs to make sure you and your family members remain as safe as possible. A GFCI detects ground faults and interrupts a current if its flow changes at all.

The Importance of Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters

A ground fault circuit interrupter, GFCI, is a device that is installed to prevent electric shocks. About 300 people are killed each year due to electrocutions caused by poorly installed outlets. The GFCI is designed specifically to protect homeowners from severe shocks and electrical burns. At Randy’s Electric, we can survey your home and help you decide on the necessary equipment to protect your home.

GFCIs should be added to help ensure your home’s safety. This small device prevents fatal accidents, and can reduce electrical fires. The interrupter, which is installed into outlets around the home, is capable of detecting ground faults—an unforeseen electrical path between the source of a current and a surface. The GFCI constantly monitors the flow of this electric current and if it changes by the smallest amount. It then interrupts the current and turns the electricity off for that circuit. Call Randy’s Electric today so that we can help make your home that much safer.

Ungrounded and Grounded Outlets

It can be almost impossible to be able to tell the difference between an ungrounded and grounded electrical outlet in your home. Basically, if you only see two holes instead of three, or you see that the “smiley face” is missing from the outlet, then it is ungrounded.

You’ll find most ungrounded outlets in homes that were built before 1960. However, the problem isn’t really with the outlet itself, but the two-conductor wiring that goes inside. This was the proper method of wiring at the time, but as technology and safety awareness increased, the two-prong outlets were replaced with three-prong outlets.

Updating Your Electrical Outlets

A three-prong receptacle is considered the safest type of outlet. By installing a GFCI to each outlet, you are adding a level of safety. We can come to your home, re-wire each of your outlets with a new, grounded circuit, and re-wire each outlet from there. This will guarantee that your outlets meet current code and safety standards and are completely grounded.

Call Randy’s Electric today to set up an appointment so that we can make your home’s electrical outlets as safe as possible.

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