A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) is a circuit breaker that disconnects a circuit when the electric current is not balanced between the live conductor and the return neutral conductor. This imbalance could indicate current flowing through the body of a person who is grounded and accidently touching the live circuit resulting in a lethal shock. The GFCI also serves as a conventional breaker by providing protection from short circuit and overload conditions. All GFCI’s have a test button which is located on front of the breaker. The GFCIs should be tested once a month to ensure they are working properly and providing protection from lethal shocks. If the test button does not trip the GFCI when pressed, the device should be replaced. According to the Canadian Electrical Code, GFCI’s are required to protect receptacles installed close to wet locations.
A receptacle with GFI protection must be installed close to sinks in the washroom and kitchen as well as outdoor locations according to the Canadian Electrical Code. These offer the same type of protection as the GFCI and should also be tested on a monthly basis. Each GFI receptacle has a test and reset button located on the front of the receptacle. The GFI receptacle should be tested once a month to ensure they are working properly and providing protection from lethal shocks. If the test button does not trip the GFI receptacle, the device should be replaced.
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