While electricity has many advantages, it also brings with it risks. This is especially true in environments where there is electricity and running water. For added safety, in the early 60s, GFCI technology was invented, and about 20 years later, this technology started being used in outlets.

GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, and it almost instantaneously disconnects power from the outlet when it detects an unbalanced current. A GFCI outlet can save your life in such circumstances.

Any location where there is running water, a GFCI outlet should be installed.

It is important to test your outlets to make sure that they function properly. This can be accomplished by plugging in something simple, like a lamp into the outlet. There is a button on the outlet labelled “Test” and pushing this will simulate a ground fault.

When you push the test button, the reset button should pop out and the light should go off. If this doesn’t happen, you need to have an electrician take a look at the outlet as soon as possible since it might need to be replaced.