Benefits of GFCIs

Posted on October 23, 2014
In 1961, Charles Dalziel, professor of electrical engineering at the University of California, invented the ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). Today, GFCIs are required by the National Electric Code in all new kitchens, bathrooms, crawl spaces, unfinished basements, and most outdoor receptacles. Here is why: A ground fault happens whenever electricity escapes the confines of the wiring in an appliance, light fixture, or power tool and takes a shortcut to the ground. When that shortcut... Read more