Glossary & Terms
There is currently 1 term in this directory beginning with the letter G.
GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter)
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters prevent electrocution by shutting down a circuit (downstream of the device) if any current is missing. (i.e. leaving the circuit.) were first required in 1971 at the exterior and around swimming pools but are currently required in any “wet” or unfinished areas (Bathroom, Kitchens, Garages, Unfinished Basements, Exterior Locations.) These are inexpensive devices that can save lives. We test them during our inspections and we recommend adding them where recommended. This may be considered an upgrade on an older home but it is certainly an inexpensive one to make. GFCI devices should be tested regularly by pressing the “test” button. If they fail to reset, they failed the test and should be replaced.