As you walk through your home, or through work you may notice that some of the electrical outlets look a little bit differently. These outlets have a small light and also have a button to reset them. These electrical outlets are called GFCI's, ground fault circuit interrupter, or a GFI, ground fault interrupter. These are a very important part of the electrical makeup of the building. These will shut off the electrical current when the electrical current starts to travel down a path that is not correct. A GFCI is an important part of the home, and there are a few things that you should know about GFCI's.
If you do not have a GFCI in your home, you most definitely want one. There are plug ins called inline GFCI that allow you to have the same benefit as a regular GFCI. Look for an inline GFCI that has an automatic reset that will cut the current if the electrical current deviates from the intended path, but also that has a clear reset button. These will usually be 15 AMP, and if you will be using it outside the home be sure that it is waterproof. One aspect of these inline GFCI's that are very nice is that they can come with a few extra plug ins. It is hard to have enough plugs and if you use an inline GFCI then you can buy ones that have three or even four plug ins. This will allow you to have the extra capacity.
If you notice that a GFCI or an inline GFCI is continuously tripping or is continuously off, then you need to have an electrician come to your home and inspect the problem. Electrical issues account for approximately 51,000 fires each year. Electrical issues are not issues that the average homeowner should deal with. If the electrical issues are not resolved by a professional then major problems can arise. If the GFCI is tripping regularly it is a sign that something is wrong with the electrical in the home. It simply means that the electrical current is not following the desired path. If the electrical current is not following the desired path, then there is electrical current that is going through part of the house. It can also be a defective GFCI. Either way it is very important that the problem is taken care of as soon as possible.