When buying a home or doing renovations, it’s important to double-check that the outlets in your house are installed correctly – and in the correct locations. It’s also important to note the difference between GFCI and AFCI outlets, which do have different functions. Whereas GFCI outlets are made to prevent electric shocks, AFCI outlets prevent electrical fires. Given this difference, you should make sure that you have GFCI outlets anywhere there may be water. Outlet installations, most importantly, should only be done by professionals.
- It’s important to ascertain, as you renovate or move into a new place, that your outlets are installed correctly.
- Make sure you’re aware of the difference between the main two types of outlets.
- GFCI outlets should be installed in areas where water could pose a danger.
“This is not as easy a task as just hopping in a standard hardware store and picking up the most affordable thing you can find—you will want to factor in what is safest for your living space.”