GFCI Breakers for Your Plano or Allen Home

Posted on February 2, 2011

GFCI Breakers for Your Plano or Allen Home

Hundreds of people die every year as a result of electrocution in their own home. If a ground fault circuit interrupter had been installed (GFCI), about two out of every three of these deaths would have been prevented. Unfortunately, most people are not aware of GFCI breakers, and do not have them installed in their homes. If you would like to improve the safety of your Plano or Allen home, it is a good idea to consider replacing your current wiring with GFCI plugs.

The idea of the GFCI outlet has been around for quite some time. It was first introduced in 1961 by Charles Dalziel. The concept behind the device is simple enough. It simply measures the amount of current being used by a device. If there is a sudden loss of electrical current, the GFCI plug simply blocks the flow of current to the outlet. While new homes are legally required to include this technology, many older homes do not. It is a good idea to at least have your Plano or Allen home checked to find out if it has GFCI breakers installed.

There are several different types of GFCI technology. These can be divided into GFCI plugs, GFCI outlets, and GFCI breakers. A GFCI outlet is the most common type used since the 1970s. The center of the outlet features a button which says “test” or “reset.” In order to test whether or not the system is working, you can push the test button while a device is plugged in. The test button should trip the GFCI outlet and shut off the power to the device. If this doesn’t happen, the device is not working.

A GFCI plug may also refer to a GFCI outlet, but it can also be used to refer to a GFCI extension cord. These are best used for the outdoors where an outlet would not be practical.

A GFCI breaker can be hooked up to your circuit breaker. This allows some or all of your circuits to be protected with GFCI technology, drastically reducing the risk of electric shock in your home.