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How to Test your GFCI Outlet

How to Test your GFCI Outlet

How to Test Your GFCI Outlet

Step 1:

Plug a lamp into the GFCI.

Step 2:

Turn on the lamp.

Step 3:

Push the TEST button on the GFCI. The GFCI should trip, stopping the flow of electricity to the lamp. Note that the RESET button will pop-out.

If the lamp doesn’t turn off when the TEST button is pushed, the GFCI is not working properly and should be replaced immediately.

If the lamp does turn off when the TEST button is pushed, the GFCI is working properly and should be tested monthly. To restore power, press the RESET button.

If the power is not restored when the RESET button is pushed, the GFCI is not working properly and should be replaced immediately.

What is a GFCI Outlet?

A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) Outlet protects you from serious injury due to electrical shock from:

  • Hazardous leakage levels from appliances and tools
  • Exposure to moisture while operating electrical equipment
  • Frayed or damaged electrical wiring

Where are your GFCIs located?

GFCI protection is required per the National Electrical Code® (NEC) for outlets servicing bathrooms, kitchen countertops, unfinished basements, garages, utility sinks, and outdoor locations.

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