Have you ever noticed that some electrical plugs include little buttons with “test” and “reset” on them or perhaps little lights? These particular outlets are called “ground fault circuit interrupters” or GFCIs for short. The purpose of this type of electrical wiring technique is to give the outlet a way to monitor any strange or imbalanced electrical currents coming from whatever is plugged in. The plug prevents the possibility of electrical shocks by immediately shutting off the power to any strange-acting device. You’ll most likely see them in bathrooms and kitchens where electronics are most likely to be around water, but they are also very useful to have in areas where children may be around anything plugged in. If you notice a particular lack of GFCIs in your home, you can call a professional to help with electrical repairs and make your home even more electrically sound!

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