GFCIs / Ground Fault Circuit Interruptors
One of the biggest advances in electrical safety in recent years has been the use of ground fault circuit interruptors, or GFCIs. These "smart outlets" look like a regular three prong outlet wall plate with two additional buttons, but have special circuitry that instantly cuts off electricity if a short circuit, like those caused by water or a break in insulation, is detected. They're most valuable where electric outlets or appliances are close to water- bathrooms, kitchens, laundrie rooms, outdoors.
GFCIs can turn what could have been a serious injury or house fire into a relative nothing- a temporary loss of power. After correcting the problem, you can press the reset button on the GFCI wall plate and power is restored.
Because they're so effective and inexpensive, Wisconsin's electrical code now requires GFCIs in new construction at many spots around the house. The heading at right has a complete list. Any property you're thinking of selling has to be upgraded to meet code requirements also. But they're such a smart, cost-effective way of making homes safer and protecting from loss that many people upgrade to them whether required or not.
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