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Q: How do I test Ground Fault Interrupters [GFIs] ?

A: Chances are, if you have a newer home or have remodeled an older home, some of your outlets are protected by ground fault interrupters (GFIs). GFIs are usually installed in bathrooms, kitchens and outside outlets—usually any location near sources of water. These highly sensitive devices detect faults in the device plugged into the outlet and quickly shut power off to that outlet. This minimizes the possibility of electric shock or damage to electrical equipment. GFIs are often provided as wall outlets or sometimes as circuit breakers in a breaker panel box.

It is good practice to test the GFI monthly. It is also a good idea to test the GFI after power outages. To test a GFI outlet or breaker, follow these simple instructions:

1. Plug a lamp into the outlet and turn it on.

2. Push the TEST button—the lamp should go off. If it does not, you should have your outlet checked by an electrician.
3. Push the RESET button—the lamp should go back on. If it does not, you should have your outlet checked by an electrician.

 

 

 

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