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GFCI Installation For the Chicagoland Area

Keeping your home safe from electrical hazards

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI’s) are electrical safety devices that trip electrical circuits when they detect ground faults or current leakage. GFCI outlets will instantly shut off power to the circuit and prevent deadly shock.

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Today homes are filled with electronic devices that are often used in the kitchen, bathrooms and decks. The close proximity of these devices to water is a real safety concern. When a grounded laptop, hairdryer, ipod dock, charging cell phone or other device falls into a sink or makes contact with water, the danger of electrocution is real.

GFCI devices are an essential component to your home's electrical system and required by law in most cities and towns. ABC can help you ensure that your entire home is fully protected with GFCI designed to keep today's technology filled homes safe from the danger of accidental electrocution, providing an important layer of safety for your family.

If you own an older home without GFCI’s we strongly recommend upgrading to GFCI protection for your family's safety. Having your older house retrofitted with GFCI protection is an inexpensive and simple process.

What is an AFCI Device?

An AFCI protection device will detect arcing, conditions where electricity is being conducted over the air, and converted to heat and shut down the outlet before damage occurs.

AFCI protection is now required by law for electrical wiring that reaches sleeping areas.  These are areas where fires could start and catch people who are sleeping or otherwise unable to get out quickly.

AFCI protection is a lot like a GFCI outlet, but it protects against a different kind of danger.  Some types of electrical appliances are used to convert electricity into heat.  Sometimes, these devices will also produce heating where the device plugs into the wall. 
This condition is called arcing. You may see it when you quickly unplug a heat producing appliance, like a hair dryer, from an outlet while it is switched on.

Unlike GFCI devices, AFCI protection devices are not installed in your home's wall receptacles, but are built into your home's main electrical service panel as special circuit breakers.  Your house can easily be AFCI protected.

When it's time to upgrade the safety of your home's electrical system with GFCI and AFCI devices, call ABC.  A licensed and insured ABC electrician will replace the circuit breakers for sleeping areas with AFCI circuit breakers and install GFCI outlets to protect your family from the risk of accidental electrical fires and electrocution.

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