Improving Electrical Safety

Get Grounded: 3 Tips To Updating Electrical Systems With GFCI Outlets Where Needed

The outlets in your home can cause electrical shock if there is a fault, which is why GFCI outlets are installed in areas like kitchens and bathrooms. The older electrical wiring in your home may not have these ground fault outlets installed where they are needed; anywhere moisture is present or there are other electrical hazards. To ensure your home is safe, you may want to update the electrical system with these outlets where needed. Here are some tips to help with updating your home with GFCI outlets to protect against electric shock hazards:

1. Outdoor Electrical Outlets and Sealed Enclosures

One of the areas where you will need GCFI outlets is outdoor electrical wiring. This is also an area where electrical installations require additional features to protect you from electrical hazards. In addition to the ground fault protection, the outlets should also have specially designed weatherproof boxes installed to protect them from moisture and weather conditions outside.

2. The Importance of Ground Fault Protection in Kitchens and Bathrooms

Kitchens and bathrooms are areas where there is the biggest risk of electrical shock due to the presence of water in these areas. To ensure these areas of your home are protected, special GCFI outlets need to be installed. These outlets protect you from the hazards of electrical shock when appliances get wet and are usually the type of GCFI outlets that have the black and red buttons on them; one is test and the other reset.

3. Different Types of GFI Outlets and Electrical Circuits

There are many types of GFCI outlets, such as the ones with red and black buttons that you are probably familiar with. In addition to the familiar outlets, ground fault protection can also be wired into a circuit and have several outlets wired to one GFCI device, which is common in other areas of your home where there is less of a risk of electrical shock. If you are finishing a basement, you may want to have a GFCI circuit breaker installed to protect the outlets due to the moisture and humidity in this area of your home.

These are some tips to help with updating your home with GFCI outlets that protect you from electrical shock hazards. If you need to update the wiring in your home, check out resources like and contact an electrician to talk with them about installing GFCI outlets and other improvements to reduce electrical hazards in your home.