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Are you planning to put a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter in your home but worried that you don’t have a grounding system? And your GFCI might not work?

Well, forget all your worries because this article will explain how a GFCI will still work even without the use of a grounding system.

Most of old houses and some of the new ones might not have a grounding system, and it might cost  much and can be bothersome if they will still put one.Installing a GFCI without a grounding system doesn’t mean that the GFCI will not work. It will! Why?

Here is what DOE High Voltage Electrician Specialist has to say about this:

GFCI will work correctly without a ground wire. The GFCI is looking for the return current to come back on the neutral. If the return path of the current is any other path other than the neutral, then the GFCI will trip. “

To put it in a layman’s definition, if the current path takes any other path other than the normal return path, then that is a ground fault. Instead of following the safe path, electricity passes through a person’s body to reach the ground.  The ground path does not need to be back in the ground in order for the GFCI to work. So before it affects our bodies, the GFCI will detect as low as 0.006 amperes (6 milliamperes) and it will automatically trip.Studies show that females and children, who usually have lower body resistances, can adversely be affected by as low as 6 milliamperes of ground fault current.

meiji-gfciUsing a GFCI is enough to protect our family and our loved ones against electric shock that normally happens in the wet areas of our homes like comfort rooms, kitchens and laundry areas. In case your GFCI is not grounded, just be sure to label your GFCI with “GFCI Protected, No Equipment Ground”. But it  is highly suggested that we put a grounding system in our homes. But like what I said earlier, this might be costly.

So whether you have a ground wire in your homes or none, the GFCI can do its job. Just be sure that it is properly installed and tested. It is better to ask a professional if you are planning to install one in your home. In this way, we can be assured that our family’s safety will not be compromised.

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Kids, in general, are very mobile and curious with their surroundings. They want to explore everything. This makes them all the more prone to electric accidents especially since their curiosity greatly outweighs their judgment in sensing danger.

According to Electrical Safety Foundation International, nearly 7 kids everyday are hospitalized because of electric shock or burn injuries in their homes. This is only the result of touching and playing with a simple wall outlet. In addition, fires and burns are the third leading cause of deaths among children 14 and under. This only goes to show how rules are relevant in keeping your home and your kids safe from electric accidents.

Here are 8 rules that parents should tell their kids:

Rule #1: Do not play with cords, outlets, plugs, wires, and electrical appliances.

kids with cords

Kids may mistake electric conductors and appliances for toys and may tug or play with them. Adults constantly need to remind them to not play with electric conductors and appliances especially because electric cords, outlets, plugs, and wires are often within a child’s reach. This makes it all the more important to teach kids to not play with the conductors to avoid mishaps.

Rule #2: Ask help from a grown-up when you need to use something that needs electricity.

parent with kids in kitchen

Adult assistance would prevent kids from playing with electricity and making risky mistakes that could lead to a fire or bad injuries. Plus, it is an addition bonding time for parents and their children.

Rule #3: Do not play near electrical installations and appliances.

kids and appliances

Kids’ toys are made from different materials. Some are even flammable and could be dangerous near electric installations. Electrical appliances whether turned on or off may cause accidents. This poses as a risk to the child’s safety. It is best to keep the kids away from the risks that could be fatal.

Rule #4: Do not stick fingers into sockets.

kids and sockets

Because the human body is composed of 70% water, it’s an excellent conductor of electricity and could enter the body within seconds. Sticking fingers into sockets could result to severe burns, vision loss, hearing loss, brain damage, and death.

Rule #5: Do not bring electrical appliances in the bathroom.

baby bath toys

Water is a conductor of electricity. The bathroom, being a place that uses a lot of water can increase the chances of electric shock. Combined water and electricity will create an electric shock that can be very lethal most especially to kids.

Rule #6: Never touch electrical appliances with wet hands.

dry hands

Wet hands will ultimately lead to electric shock. This will result to worse and far more painful effects compared to sticking dry fingers into sockets.

Rule #7: Do not yank an electrical cord from its outlet

child hazards

Yanking an electric cord from its outlet can damage both the plug and outlet that can cause shorts, leading to grounding and shock.

Rule #8: Do not play with damaged electrical appliances.

Damaged electrical appliances should immediately be placed out of the kids’ reach. When turned on or played with, it can cause electric shock and in most cases death.

damaged extension cord

Electrical shock may occur at home and even at work.  It is unpredictable and can happen anytime. With kids at home, adults need to be twice as careful and vigilant of their kids. The best practice to avoid electric accidents is still to exercise proper care and precaution at home and at work.

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