Take a look around the outside of your house. How many electrical outlets can you find? We’re going to take a guess that there’s at least a few, in places like the garage, the pool area and the back deck, right? What most homeowners probably don’t realize is that outdoor outlets are different than the ones inside and for a great reason - to keep you and your family protected.
The National Electrical code requires the use of ground fault circuit interrupter, or GFCI, outlets anywhere outside of the home. Why? Well, you probably know that water and electricity don’t mix and neither do the rest of the elements.
How does a GFCI work? This type of electrical outlet works by tripping when there is a leakage or a short circuit. A GFCI is able to sense when there is a difference in the amount of electricity flowing into the circuit than what’s flowing out.
Where should you have GFCIs installed?
- Pool Area - including heaters, filters, pumps, lights etc.
- Back Porch/Patio
- Front Porch
- Outdoor Kitchen