What’s the Difference Between GFCI and AFCI Outlets?
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets are most common in rooms with water sources, like bathrooms and kitchens, and are designed to protect people from severe electric shocks.
A ground fault is an abnormal and unintentional electrical path that directs current to the ground. Ground faults occur when an electrical current escapes a home’s insulated wires as a result of damaged wiring. A GFCI outlet detects the flow of a home’s electrical currents through its wires and senses the presence of ground faults. If a ground fault is found, the GFCI outlet shuts off the flow of electricity to prevent a person from receiving a fatal shock.
Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) outlets are designed to protect a home from fires caused by arcing faults. Arcing faults occur when loose wire connections or corroded wires lead to sparks or arcing, which can then lead to electrical fires. AFCIs detect these arcs on the circuit and respond by cutting off electricity to the circuit.
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