What is a GFI Outlet?
“In this video, we’re going to talk about some hidden hazards in the home. Specifically, in the kitchen for this scenario. You’ll see we have a toaster and a blender here plugged in. It looks relatively safe, however, that is deceiving. What should be here in this outlet and what is missing is a GFI.
What is a GFI? a GFI is a ground fault interrupter or also known as ground fault circuit interrupter. Same thing.
What does a GFI do? A GFI monitors electricity going out and then monitors the electricity coming back in. So, if the electricity is going somewhere where it shouldn’t, as in, someones getting shocked, it turns the power off. The threshold for turning it off is the same amount it takes to stop a human heart. So, without exaggeration, GFIs safe lives. These are required in the kitchens, bathrooms, basements, garages, and anywhere within 6 feet of water. Also, in pool areas. So, if you’re not sure if you’re house is protected right, and especially if you have children or elderly people, you need to make sure you have a GFI.
Call a licensed professional electrician today and they’ll inspect it for you and tell you exactly what you have.”