GFCI stands for ground fault circuit interrupter. GFCI outlets, also known as residual current devices (RCD) are different from non-grounded outlets because they cut off power as soon as any kind of power imbalance is detected. These outlets are most easily identified by two push buttons on the face of the plate; these buttons are “test” and “reset” buttons, and they help re-establish the current if the outlet has tripped.
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Shock and electrocution are serious problems in homes, and GFCI outlets help prevent these kinds of events from happening. GFCI outlets are required to be installed in all new construction, and this includes parts of your home that are remodeled. A professional electrical inspection can identify the areas in your home where a GFCI outlet is required. The National Electrical Code, or NEC, states that the following areas of homes are required to have GFCI outlets:
As you can see, a number of locations in your home are required to have GFCI outlets for new construction, but when you hire an electrician in Denver from Bell Plumbing and Heating, you won’t have to worry – our electricians know all the codes inside and out, and every job is done to compliance levels. Call us today, and see what we can do for your home in Denver, CO!