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Summary: The features and benefits of GFCI outlets and receptacles will give you a clear understanding of the importance why these safety devices are required by code to help protect you and your family against accidental electrical shock hazards.

The Safety Features of GFCI Outlets and for Home Electrical Wiring

The Safety of GFCI Outlets and Receptacles
Back Ground Information - Features and Benefits

The National Electrical Code (NEC) has acted in response to a Consumer Product Safety Commission study that documented injuries to children caused by their inserting pins, keys and other foreign objects into electrical receptacles.

The 10-year study (1991-2001) revealed that over 24,000 children under 10 years old were treated in emergency rooms for incidents related to electrical receptacles: an average of 2400 per year, 7 per day.

Tamper-Resistant Receptacles have been mandated in hospital pediatric wards for over 20 years and are proven to effectively prevent electrical injuries.

GFCI GFCI Receotacle 15 Amp-125 Volt @ Receptacle
20 Amp-125 Volt Feed-Through
Smart Lock Pro GFCI- Receptacle
Tamper Resistant design NEMA 5-15R
Nylon wall plate and screws included
Back and side wired
White, Almond, Ivory.

  • GFI Features and Benefits

    • Automatically test the GFCI-receptacle every time the RESET button is pushed in.
    • The GFCI-receptacle will not reset if the GFCI circuit is not functioning properly.
    • By blocking reset of the GFCI if protection has been compromised, Smart Lock PRO reduces the possibility of end-users incorrectly assuming that a reset GFCI outlet is providing ground fault protection when it actually is not.
    • A line-load reversal diagnostic feature is provided which prevents the GFCI-receptacle from being reset and stops power from being fed to the GFCI-receptacle face or through to downstream devices.
    • A green LED indicator on the GFCI's face also illuminates to alert the installer to the line-load wiring reversal.
    • The trip latch mechanism in Smart Lock Pro GFCIs is a one piece "T" design for efficient operation.
    • There are 4 sets of contacts for load terminals and face. Smart Lock PRO GFCI-receptacles use a patented bifurcated bridge contact for efficient operation.
    • Trip threshold meets or exceeds UL requirements for tripping time.
    • Improved immunity to high-frequency noise reduces nuisance tripping.
    • Advanced electronics design provides superior resistance to electrical surges and over-voltages.
    • Expanded wiring options with nine back-wire holes (two for each line and load connection plus one for ground with an internal clamp).

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Sharing a Junction Box with a GFI Circuit

Question: Mike, from Shiloh, Illinois asks:
I am moving some wiring boxes in a bathroom, one of which has a wire to power a light in another room. To manage the number of wires in that box, I would like to move the wire for the light to a box connected to a GFI circuit. Is that OK?

Answer: Mike,
Sharing a junction box with other wires of the same voltage but different circuits is fine to do. What is not allowed is to mix voltages in the same box that does not have a partition. Just be sure to keep the circuit wiring identified and straight forward so that the connections are not shared, only the junction box.


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