AD: What are GFCI and AFC and how do they protect you?

September 14, 2016 jamiesmith


Have you ever wondered what prevents you from be electrocuted when you plug in a device to an electrical outlet? What about how electrical fires are prevented? In short, these dangerous accidents are prevented by good electrical wiring, including the right kind of outlets and devices.


At Amp Electric, we talk to customers about the two major types of protection devices, GFCI and AFCI, and why they are vital to a safe residential or commercial building.


What are GFCI and AFC and why are they important?


GFCI and AFCI are completely different devices with dissimilar purposes. They can, and often should, be installed together because they protect the property and its inhabitants from different dangers. Let’s talk about them individually to better understand that the acronyms GFCI and AFCI mean.


A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) is an electrical device that shuts off the electric power circuit when it starts flowing along an unintended path, like traveling through a person. Essentially, a GFCI protects you from electrical shock. GFCIs are important in areas where water and electricity could meet, including bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and garages. Home inspectors will not give a house a “pass inspection” if GFCI is not properly installed.


An Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) breaks the current when it detects a dangerous electrical arc. These electrical arcs are the source of electrical fires, which often start behind walls and go unseen until it’s too late to save the structure. The outlets in bedrooms are often AFCI outlets, ensuring safety in those rooms. As AFCI breakers were not adopted by National Electrical code until 1999, we recommend that any home built before the turn of the 21st century be checked for AFCI installation.


Whether you’re considering selling your home or simply want to ensure its safety, we recommend that you hire a certified electrician to ensure that both GFCI and AFC outlets are properly installed in your residence or commercial building.


Whatever your electrical service needs, Amp Electric is ready to provide you with electric service repair or installation. To learn more about the 24-hour services we provide or to ensure the safety of your home or business, please visit our website.

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