For decades, ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) have helped saved thousands of lives. They have significantly reduced the number of electrocutions that can happen at a home or commercial property.

Protecting North Atlanta from Shock

Many homes and businesses in Atlanta, particularly older properties, do not have proper electrical protection in wet or outdoor locations to prevent serious injury or even death.

If you aren’t sure, we cover exactly what a GFCI is and the different types in this blog post. Basically, it is an electrical safety device that shuts off electrical power to prevent users from getting shocked or electrocuted.

GFCIs should be used in any indoor or outdoor area where water may come into contact with electrical products. They are commonly found in areas like kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. They are also frequently used in garages and outdoor work spaces, especially for construction.

Testing Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters

As incredibly valuable GFCIs are in helping save lives, it is even more valuable to make sure they are working properly. They should be tested often to ensure safety.

How to Check Your GFCIs on Your Own

  1. Press the “reset” button on the GFCI.
  2. Plug in an ordinary light or plug tester (purchased from a hardware store) into the GFCI and turn it ON.
  3. The light should now be on.
  4. Push the “test” button on the GFCI. The light should go OFF.
  5. Push the “reset” button again. The light should now come ON again.

Disclaimer: While you should test on your own, you should always call or consult a licensed electrician if you think something might be unsafe or broken. Never attempt repair anything broken on your own without an inspection.

Shockley Electric is a fully licensed and insured residential, commercial and industrial contractor in Georgia. We also offer a lifetime warranty on our labor and 3 years for parts.

Since 2005, we have been serving business owners with their electrical needs. If you would like discuss or learn more about GFCIs for your home or commercial property, contact the electricians at Shockley or call (770) 630-6858 to speak with an expert today!