What Is A GFCI Outlet And Where Do They Go?
A gfcci (ground fault circuit interrupter) is a device used to protect electrical equipment from damage caused by lightning or other sources of static electricity. These devices are commonly found in homes and businesses that have electric service. When activated, they interrupt the current flow through the equipment causing it not only to shut down but also shutting off all power to the affected area until repairs can be made.
The purpose of these devices is to prevent damage to electrical equipment. However, there are times when they may need to be manually turned on. The most common reason for this would be if your home’s power goes out during a storm or emergency situation. If you do not have access to a generator, then you will likely still want some type of protection against lightning strikes so that you don’t lose everything in the event of such an occurrence.
GFCIs are available in two varieties: single phase and dual-phase. Single-phase gfccis work just like their name implies; they protect against only one type of electrical shock. Dual-phase gfcicis, however, include both types of protection. For example, a double-pole double throw (DPBT) gfcca will provide protection against both lightning and static electricity.
The important thing to remember about gfcci outlets is that they should not be used as replacements for standard electrical outlets. They should only be used with electronics and other items that need protection from static or lightning strikes.
Relevance To Survival Situations
Since most people do not have a backup generator, it is important to know how to protect your important equipment against damage in the event of a power outage. If you were to lose your refrigerator full of food along with your computer and television, then you would likely be just as upset as if all of your food had gone bad due to rot without the benefit of being able to watch TV or play video games to keep yourself occupied.
Most people do not think about having a backup power source unless they have severe medical equipment that might be necessary for their survival. If this describes your situation, then you should definitely have a backup generator or some other type of alternative power system. If, however, you do not have such a device and a power outage occurs that results in the loss of all the food in your refrigerator and freezer, then you may want to look into getting a gfcci outlet installed so that you can at least save your food.
Of course, you will need to make sure that your refrigerator or freezer is plugged into a gfcci outlet in the first place. Most appliances do not come factory equipped with this type of wiring. You will either have to have it installed by a professional or do it yourself if you feel comfortable around electricity. The choice is yours and it will depend on how much you value your food.
Keep Your Food And Other Necessities Cool With A Generator
Although a generator alone may not be able to keep everything cool without the help of a refrigerator or freezer, it can definitely help if you are just looking to keep the temperature from rising in your home. As long as you have enough fuel for it and you use it properly, then your main concern will be keeping your power on and the generator running.
The main thing to remember is that your home is bound to get hot as a result of the machine. The heat released will be trapped inside just like without the generator, however, because of the increased temperature, your home may feel at least ten degrees warmer than it otherwise would. This means that you may want to turn on some air circulation fans to help move the hot air out.
If possible, you should only use your generator in the early hours of the morning or late in the evening. This way, the heat has time to escape from your home and by the time you go to sleep, it isn’t lingering and keeping you up.
As long as you remember to keep your generator out of the rain or covered with a tarp when you aren’t using it, then it will last you for years. These machines are built to be strong and can even be used in the case of a power outage to keep your food from going bad. As long as you look after your investment, then it should serve you well. In fact, if you think ahead, you may even be able to come up with ways to use your generator for things other than just backing up your refrigerator.
It isn’t unheard of for people to run their sheds or workshops off of them when the power goes out so that they don’t have to interrupt their work flow. If it is just for a day or two, then it may be worth the effort. After all, if you are stuck at home because of a loss of electricity, then you may as well make the best of it and get any important tasks completed so that you don’t have to worry about them later.
Sources & references used in this article:
- Study of the effects of smart meter RF transmissions on GFCI outlets (ST Donahue, CL Storm, DA Wetz… – IEEE Transactions on …, 2014 – ieeexplore.ieee.org)
- GFCI receptacle (TM McDonald – US Patent 5,363,269, 1994 – Google Patents)
- Best GFCI Outlet: Our Top 4 Picks of 2020 (E Mentor – 2018 – electricianmentor.com)
- Electrical safety outlet (M Baxter – US Patent 7,978,447, 2011 – Google Patents)