Electrocution is a real risk whenever you are mixing electricity and water. Water is an excellent conductor of electricity, and this is why Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) receptacles are required when installing a wall receptacle in a wet location. These types of receptacles are specifically manufactured to cut power as soon as an unbalanced current flows through it.

This could very well save your life, preventing a lethal current from flowing through you. However, just because you have GFCI receptacles installed doesn’t mean that they are functioning correctly. That is why you should make it a habit to test them out regularly. It is easy to do, since they already come equipped with a test button that will let you simulate a ground fault. If the receptacle works correctly, the “Reset” button should pop out and power to the receptacle. If this doesn’t happen, the receptacle needs to be replaced.

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