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Testing GFCI Electrical Outlets

Here's what you need to know about GFCIs.

What It Is: A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) is designed to prevent electrical shock. GFCIs can also prevent some electrical fires, electric shocks and burns.

How It Works: If there is an imbalance in the current, the GFCI "trips" the current, meaning it cuts off the electricity of that outlet.

Where It Is: GFCI protection outlets are located in areas near water sources (i.e. bathrooms, kitchens, basements, garages, outdoors).

When To Test It: You should test your GFCI outlets every month to see if they are in working order.

How To Test It:

Plug a night light or lamp into the GFCI outlet.

Turn on the light.

Press the "TEST" button on the GFCI outlet.

The light source or appliance should turn off and the "RESET" button should pop out.

If the light doesn't go out, your GFCI should be rewired. Contact an electrician to replace it.

If the "RESET" button doesn't pop out, the GFCI should be replaced. Again, contact an electrician.

Press the "RESET" button to restore power to the outlet.

WHN Tip: Know your appliances/lamps
Be sure to read the instruction manuals of all small appliances and lamps and the content relating to GFCIs.

To make monthly GFCI testing a breeze, print out the test tracking sheet below. Write location directions like "near north window" or "by sink" to help you remember. Also, fill in the test results and the date to help you keep track.

Bathroom #1

GFCI Location #1:__________________________
Passed test? (Y/N):_____________________
Date:___________________

GFCI Location #2: __________________________
Passed test? (Y/N):_____________________
Date:___________________

GFCI Location #3: __________________________
Passed test? (Y/N):_____________________
Date:___________________

GFCI Location #4: __________________________
Passed test? (Y/N):_____________________
Date:___________________

Bathroom #2

GFCI Location #1:__________________________
Passed test? (Y/N):_____________________
Date:___________________

GFCI Location #2: __________________________
Passed test? (Y/N):_____________________
Date:___________________

GFCI Location #3: __________________________
Passed test? (Y/N):_____________________
Date:___________________

GFCI Location #4: __________________________
Passed test? (Y/N):_____________________
Date:___________________

Kitchen

GFCI Location #1:__________________________
Passed test? (Y/N):_____________________
Date:___________________

GFCI Location #2: __________________________
Passed test? (Y/N):_____________________
Date:___________________

GFCI Location #3: __________________________
Passed test? (Y/N):_____________________
Date:___________________

GFCI Location #4: __________________________
Passed test? (Y/N):_____________________
Date:___________________

Basement

GFCI Location #1:__________________________
Passed test? (Y/N):_____________________
Date:___________________

GFCI Location #2: __________________________
Passed test? (Y/N):_____________________
Date:___________________

GFCI Location #3: __________________________
Passed test? (Y/N):_____________________
Date:___________________

GFCI Location #4: __________________________
Passed test? (Y/N):_____________________
Date:___________________

Garage

GFCI Location #1:__________________________
Passed test? (Y/N):_____________________
Date:___________________

GFCI Location #2: __________________________
Passed test? (Y/N):_____________________
Date:___________________

GFCI Location #3: __________________________
Passed test? (Y/N):_____________________
Date:___________________

GFCI Location #4: __________________________
Passed test? (Y/N):_____________________
Date:___________________

Outdoors

GFCI Location #1:__________________________
Passed test? (Y/N):_____________________
Date:___________________

GFCI Location #2: __________________________
Passed test? (Y/N):_____________________
Date:___________________

GFCI Location #3: __________________________
Passed test? (Y/N):_____________________
Date:___________________

GFCI Location #4: __________________________
Passed test? (Y/N):_____________________
Date:___________________

Other

GFCI Location #1:__________________________
Passed test? (Y/N):_____________________
Date:___________________

GFCI Location #2: __________________________
Passed test? (Y/N):_____________________
Date:___________________

GFCI Location #3: __________________________
Passed test? (Y/N):_____________________
Date:___________________

GFCI Location #4: __________________________
Passed test? (Y/N):_____________________
Date:___________________

FireUsing a Fire ExtinguisherHere are some helpful tips and suggestions about fires and the use of fire extinguishers. Need more? Talk to your local fire and police officials about safety training programs in your area. Remember - be safe and be smart.Wildfires What Homeowners Need to KnowThe more you know and understand about the causes of wildfires, the better you can protect yourself, your family and your home from wildfire loss and injury. What Firefighters DoFire fighting is no easy task. Here are some basics about these truly heroic people. Fire Safety Questions and AnswersWhat to know before a fire.Apartment Fires What You Should KnowThis list accompanies Help – House Fire. [WHN page link TK] Be sure to read that as well as the following tips.After a Fire Questions You May Be AskedAfter the fire, you may have a meeting or interview with a fire chief, fire marshal and/or arson investigator. This helps the fire department decide the cause of the fire, which may also impact your insurance claim.After a Fire Common Homeowner MistakesIn the aftermath of a house fire, most homeowners are too distraught to think clearly about what to do next such as secure the property, remove important documents and notify the mortgage company.Top 10 Cooking Safety TipsCooking is the leading cause of home fires in the U.S. It is also the leading cause of home fire injuries. Educate yourself now on fire prevention and what to do if a fire does occur.Testing GFCI Electrical OutletsHere's what you need to know about GFCIs.Smoke Alarm Safety GuidelinesOver 90 percent of U.S. homes have at least one smoke alarm, according to the United States Fire Administration (USFA). Here are some tips from their site.Preventing Carbon Monoxide PoisoningAccording to FreeMD, carbon monoxide is the leading cause of death by poisoning in the United States. Learn how to avoid becoming one of those numbers.Kids and Fire SafetyGetting kids involved in fire safety is important…and often not the first thing kids want to do when they could be playing with friends. Here are some tips to get your kids input on family fire safety.4 Fast Facts About FireThe United States Fire Administration (USFA), a division of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), believes that fire deaths can be reduced by teaching people the basic facts about fire. Below are some simple facts from the USFA .Quick Fire Preparedness TipsWe've found we've found several blogs where people have said that their own home took only 5-10 minutes to burn. Whether you have 5 minutes or all afternoon, here are quick tasks could save you from a financial heartache down the road.Emergency Window Decals Why NOT to Use ThemDo you have fire decals on your windows? Interestingly, nearly all modern fire departments around the country do not recommend using them. Here are some reasons from the National Fire Prevention Association.Campfire Safety 101Toasting marshmallows and roasting hotdogs over a crackling campfire is one of the most popular American summer activities. Be safe and follow these tips.Backyard Fire Pit Safety TipsSitting around a fire is an American summer past time we hold dear to our hearts. However, not all of us can escape to the woods for the true campfire experience. Backyard fire pits are becoming a popular alternative to camp fires.BBQ Safety TipsGrilling is an American favorite. But if you're not careful, it can be a fire hazard. Read through these safety tips from the Home Safety Council.