GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. These are also referred to as GFIs, or Ground Fault Interrupters. A GFCI precisely monitors the balance of electrical current moving through a circuit. If the power goes where it shouldn’t, like in a short, the GFCI immediately cuts off the electricity.
A GFCI prevents fatal electrical shocks through the elimination of sustained current draw when a short occurs. This is very different from Arc Fault circuit breakers or Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCI) which track down and disable slow electrical “leaks” like those incurred from puncturing a wire in a bedroom wall.
Water and electricity do not mix, and there are many places in the home and outside where the two exist in close proximity. All switches, sockets, breakers, and circuits for those rooms and areas of the home should be GFCI-protected for your family’s safety. What is a GFCI outlet? It may be the very thing that keeps your family safe in the event of a tragic electrical mishap.