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Operation of GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters)
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs or GFIs) are outlets with built-in circuit breakers that are designed to cut the electrical current to an outlet in a fraction of a second if the outlet receives a surge of electricity. GFCIs are found in areas where water (a major conductor of electricity) may be present, such as in bathrooms and kitchens.
GFCIs are an important safety feature and required by ASHI standards to be on outlets that are located near water sources. They prevent a person from receiving a fatal shock should the outlet malfunction or there be a surge of electricity. A home inspector will check to see that GFCIs are installed where they should be and that these outlets are in good working condition.