Ground Fault Interrupters (GFIs)

IGFI Outletn order to ensure your safety while using electrical devices, the National Electric Code mandates that GFI outlets be used in any areas where water may be present, such as kitchens, bathrooms, garages and outdoors.

GFI outlets are designed with the ability to detect small electrical problems and shut off electricity whenever something is detected. This greatly improves your safety in sometimes-wet areas of your home.

The first step that you should take after losing power in one of these areas is to check to see if you are plugged into a GFI outlet. If you are, then start by pressing the “test” button on your outlet. Then press the reset button. If this does not correct the problem, or the outlet shuts off power frequently, try plugging something else in. If this does not fix the problem, then you will need to call an electrician to come troubleshoot the problem.

Tip: Even though the outlet that you are plugged into does not appear to be a GFI outlet, it may actually be protected by a nearby GFI. If you are in one of the areas listed above and you have lost power, check all of the nearby outlets to see if one has tripped off the power.