Have you ever had a close call with electricity? If you are a do-it-yourself kind of person, you might have had times when you did something that in retrospect wasn’t that smart and even possibly life-threatening. Fortunately, there are some devices that are made to keep you alive. One major improvement for safety when it comes to electricity is GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) receptacles.

GFCI receptacles should be installed anywhere where there is running water since the risk of electrocution is so much greater in such circumstances.

A GFCI receptacle will cut power immediately when an unbalanced current is detected. This will save your life if you are in a situation where a malfunctioning appliance creates a dangerous situation.

These receptacles have been around for decades, but there are still some homes where they aren’t installed in bathrooms and kitchen simply because the home is too old. It is also possible that some homeowners did a renovation or addition without following the code when installing the receptacles.

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