What Are Self-Grounding Electrical Outlets?


Self-grounding electrical outlets are designed to protect you from electrical shock. Modern building codes require all outlets to be either self-grounded or ground-fault circuit interrupters. Electricity is always in search of the simplest path to reach earth. The use of improper electrical outlets can lead to shock or even electrocution.


  • A self-grounding electrical outlet has a pair of parallel vertical slits less than 1 inch apart. Below the slits is a round opening for the ground necessary to complete the electrical circuit.


  • Electrical outlets provide power to your home electronic components by using a wire to deliver the power from your main electrical box to the corresponding outlet. Self-grounding outlets are the most common type found in homes.


  • Outlet grounding is an important part of safety in your home when dealing with electricity. Grounded outlets will keep a faulty outlet from using you to pass electricity to the ground.


  • Grounded outlets are available for purchase at hardware stores or home improvement centers. Licensed electricians are qualified to install your outlets properly.

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