Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) is a safety device which has now been commonly used in buildings. It is an inexpensive electrical device that when installed where electrical passages and appliances are used in close proximity to water and they are now required also in those areas by the electrical code. This electrical equipment is able to sense the current flowing into the conductors of the outlet. It could rapidly identify if there is any imbalance in the current flow such as would occur where one is hit by an electric shock and as a result of its working the power is instantly turned off. This device thus serves an important role in letting a safer handling of kitchen and bathroom electrical appliances. This extremely useful instrument is supposed to be able to prevent over two thirds of the approximately 300 electrocutions still occurring in and around the home each year. During many pre purchase inspection Sydney building inspection experts usually perform before a deal is made, the experts have pointed out the need for a GFCI is to be placed inside houses. They say that the installation of the equipment could avoid thousands of burn and electric shock injuries that happen every year.
To cite an example of the working of a GFCI device let us notice the event of a bare wire inside an appliance touching the metal case. As we know, the metal gets charged and if you happen to touch the appliance with your one hand while your other hand is touching a grounded metal object, you will surely receive a shock. But this accident could have avoided if the appliance had been plugged in to an outlet protected by a GFCI because the power would have shut off before a serious shock could take place.

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