For safety’s sake, consider replacing your old outlets. Did you know that 14,000 electrical home fires could be prevented each year in the U.S. by replacing old outlets with these modern outlets? AFCI/GFCI dual functioning outlets to help lower the risk of electrical shock and home fires. The National Electrical Code already requires GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) outlets during remodels or new construction of kitchens, garages, and bathrooms for years. It also already requires AFCI (Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter) outlets for all new electrical work on kitchens, bedrooms, laundry rooms and living rooms. Handy AFCI/GFCI dual functioning outlets protect against fires and electrocution.
Ground fault mishaps often result in electrical shock. Meanwhile, arc fault mishaps often result in home fires. So, these dual purpose devices protect against both. Plus, when they break off the connection for the sake of safety, reset buttons right on the outlet save the hassle of heading to the breaker panel.
You don’t have to wait for a remodel though. Consider installing them now. If you’re selling your home, this feature is welcomed by buyers, inspectors and insurance agencies.
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