What is a GFCI Outlet? Full Guide

Gfci outlet next to a standard outlet

It’s a good idea to know what a GFCI outlet is and how they work. Every home is supposed to have them. Patented in 1965, the GFCI outlet protects people from potential fatal electrical scenarios.

What is a GFCI Outlet? GFCI stands for “Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter”, and it can literally save your life.

If your home or residence was built in 1971 or after, it should have GFCI outlets. Even if your place was built pre-1971, there’s a high chance some of the outlets were upgraded to GFCIs at some point.

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