What Are GFCI Plugs, and Does Your Home Have Them?

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GFCI plugs shut themselves off in case of a power surge, making them especially important in bathrooms and kitchens--but does your home have them? Learn about this essential safety feature in this free video on home and garden repair.

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Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Chris Palmer. Welcome to Chris's Workshop. Today, we're going to talk about GFCI outlets. Essentially there's a trip switch inside this outlet that will shut off the power in the case of some power surge. These outlets are located in any wet location, that means near your kitchen sink, near your bathroom sink. It's very important that these are present in those locations. It will protect the safety of who's ever using electrical appliances in those areas. The outlet has test buttons on it. It's a really good idea to test your receptacles periodically to make sure they're functioning. Press the black button and the plug should stop working. Also anything that's wired from this power source on down the line should stop working as well. In other words, if there's a bunch of receptacles further down on the counter in your kitchen, they should also turn off when this one does and that's a really good money saving factor. You only have to buy one GFCI in a series. The rest that are downstream of this power supply can be regular outlets. So test with the black button, reset with the red button and everything should come back on. Do that as often as you feel comfortable. Just stay on top of it. Make sure this is functioning properly. If you don't have GFCI outlets in all areas, you can trade one in. You can put this into a location just like you would any other outlet. If you know how to do that, you're fine. The only thing you have to remember is power needs to come to this terminal first. It's labeled with this yellow stripe. This is where the power comes into this receptacle and this is what would feed your next outlets down the line. So there's a yellow stripe here, the power needs to connect to these terminals and you can see underneath that, it's just a standard terminal. The power needs to connect there first and these two feeders go down the line. Thanks for joining me. I'm Chris Palmer.


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