By: Victoria Wahnon Instructor: Peggy Silver Universal Design 04.19.2011
THE EVENTS…•Two children in Texas •A 17 year old girl waswere electrocuted and electrocuted when shekilled when a hair dryer tried to plug in her laptopfell into their tub. while in tub.
So GFCIs Were Created… The GFCIs are supposed to interrupt power instantly if electrical current leaks from its proper path, reducing the risk of shock or electrocution. The left slot is slightly larger than the right. The left slot is called "neutral," the right slot is called "hot" and the hole below them is called "ground." If an appliance is working properly, all electricity that the appliance uses will flow from hot to neutral. A GFCI monitors the amount of current flowing from hot to neutral. If there is any imbalance, it trips the circuit.
NEC Made Requirements… Codes were made for the safety of all users in commercial AND residential spaces. Let’s take a look…
KITCHENS: In kitchens, GFCI units must be all along countertop regardless of where the sink is located. It does not include fifteen inches above finished floor.
BATHROOMS: In bathroom dwelling units, a receptacle outlet to be located within three feet of each bathroom lavatory used in a dwelling unit such as private homes, assisted living facilities, apartments, and hotels. In ANY public bathrooms, all outlets must be GFCI regardless of sink location.
LAUNDRY: In the laundry room, if a sink is present, any electrical outlet six feet from it must be GFCI.