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Test Your Ground Fault Interrupter Outlets (GFCI)

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WHY DO THIS?


A ground fault interrupter (GFCI) is an outlet typically located in kitchens and bathrooms - often within fix feet of a water source - that prevents people from being electrocuted by cutting off the current if it gets too high. Make sure your GFCIs are working by testing them once a year - it could save your life!

15 MINUTES
EASY

How To:

Need a hand? Should you encounter a problem and would like to hire a professional, check Angie's List for electricians in your area.

  1. 1

    Testing a GFCI is easy. All you need is a small electrical device like a nightlight, hair dryer, etc.

  2. 2

    Plug the device into the GFCI outlet and make sure it turns on.

  3. 3

    Push the “test” button on the GFCI and the device should turn off immediately.

  4. 4

    Push the “reset” button on the GFCI to turn the device back on.

  5. 5

    If the device doesn’t turn off when you push the “test” button, call an electrician or replace the GFCI yourself immediately.

  6. 6

    If you don’t have a GFCI in a wet location, first make sure that the outlet isn’t connected to another GFCI located close by. If you still can’t find a GFCI, call an electrician immediately.

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