Residential, Cook Electric
Written by Larry Cook

Improve Garage Safety by Installing GFCIs

Since 2008, garages have been required to install a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) outlet for each single-phase, 125-volt, and 15 or 20-amp as mandated by the NEC (National Electric Code) and IRC (International Residential Code).

How GFCIs Promote Safety

GFCIs became a requirement in garages because they prevent ground fault events that can cause electric shocks resulting in injuries and fatalities. Found to be effective in electrical shock prevention, a GFCI will trip and cut electricity almost immediately after detecting just a tiny loss of electricity from straying current.

Basics of Ground Faults

A GFCI is capable of making constant comparisons of the electrical current flowing from the outlet and into the appliance to the flow of electrical current returning to the outlet. When properly functioning, both these flows of current are equal.

When these two flows of electrical current are not equal, it indicates there is electricity straying from the intended path. When straying current seeks a path to the ground, it is described as a ground fault. People in contact will be used by the stray electricity as a path leading to the ground, which will result in a strong electrical shock causing injury or even death.

Installation of GFCI

If they are not equipped with a test or reset button, your garage’s electrical outlets do not have GFCI protection These need to be replaced with a GFCI outlet to meet code requirements. This process will need electrical wiring installation, so work with an experienced and licensed electrician for the best safety results.

Importance of Code Compliance

If electrical code violations are found during a pre-sale inspection, your home will be much harder to sell. State law requires homeowners to fully disclose electrical code violations to interested buyers. A home that is up to code will have a higher resale value than homes not in compliance.

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