It’s vital to have working GFCI outlets within your home. GFCI outlets monitor electrical currents & turn off circuits if it notices any imbalances. This helps protect you and your loved ones from high voltage shocks. Let’s inspect and test all GFCI outlets!
This is a Safety Task!
The GFCI reduces the risk of electric shock. It shuts off an electric power circuit when it detects that current is flowing in a way it is not meant to, such as through water or even a person. Testing these units to make sure they are working properly could save lives in an emergency.
HomeManager classifies this as an Insurance Task!
Tasks can be done by: Homeowner, Handyman, or Electrician
Step 1 – Inspect your GFCI outlets
- Locate all the GFCI outlets in your house. These are the outlets with two buttons between the plug connections that say “RESET” and “TEST.”
Step 2 – Test GFCI outlets
- Go from outlet to outlet using the lamp to test if they work properly.
- Plug your lamp in and press the “TEST” button. You should hear a click, which should trip the outlet to cut off all power to the two plug connections. The lamp should turn off after you’ve pressed the “TEST” button.
- Tool List: lamp or phone charger
- Step 2 – Test GFCI outlets
Step 3 – Maintain GFCI outlets
- If any of the outlets fail the GFCI test, we recommend replacing it or call an electrician for a second opinion
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