GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) receptacles are a wonderful electricalÂ safety device. They protect against an electrical shock. The device senses anÂ imbalance (any loss of current) in the flow of current if there is a ground fault (aÂ short) and immediately (in a fraction of a second) shuts off the electricity at theÂ receptacle.
The National Electrical Code (NEC) in specific locations since 1973Â has required GFCI receptacles and/or circuit breakers. Â Most local regulations follow the NEC and these jurisdictions having authorityÂ have adopted the NEC proposals over time. We recommend upgrading byÂ installing GFCI protected receptacles in all locations required by presentÂ standards.
This includes locations in outdoor receptacles (since 1973,) bathroomsÂ (since 1975,) garage wall outlets (since 1978,) kitchen locations within six feet ofÂ the sink (since 1987,) and more recently all receptacles serving the kitchenÂ countertop, bar sink locations, unfinished basements and crawl spaces (sinceÂ 1990.) They are also commonly utilized for equipment such as sump pumps,Â