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Fuse boxes and two-pronged outlets are signs of outdated electrical systems. But even if you already have a breaker panel and grounded outlets, you should upgrade with GFCI outlets. Used in commercial buildings, GFCI outlets have small rectangular buttons labeled “set” and “reset.” The outlets monitor whether the hot and neutral sides of an outlet are equal. If they aren’t, it trips a breaker, protecting a person from shock. Installing GFCI outlets is a way to improve the safety of your home.

Key Takeaways:

  • GFCI outlets have buttons on them that say test and reset. It is designed to cut off power in an emergency.
  • An electrical panel protects the electrical system but a GFCI protects people. It monitors the voltage through the outlet to insure safety.
  • Any modern home should be equipped with GFCI outlets, especially in the kitchen, bathrooms, and bedrooms.

“If you already have a breaker panel and grounded outlets, there may be another important electrical retrofit for you to schedule: replacing a number of key outlets with GFCI outlets.”

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