As a matter of safety and best practices
application, both homeowners and contractors should use GFCI protection when
using extension cords in wet or even damp locations. GFCI, which stands for
"ground fault circuit interrupter", is a safety device that prevents
electrocutions, electric shocks, and burns from occurring year-in and year-out
around the home, workplace, or construction site. Most importantly, GFCI devices
are designed to protect people from severe, or even worse, fatal electric
shocks. GFCI products detect ground faults, which can stop electrical fires
before occurring or retard their progression. When electric current is leaking,
it's said to have a ground fault.
GFCI devices are available in wall mounted
receptacles, circuit breakers, and portable devices like extension cords. Using
GFCI extension cords offers protection against electric shocks and potentially
lethal electrocutions. These devices monitor flowing electricity in a circuit.
If there is a discrepancy between the amount of amperage current flowing and
amperage current returning, the GFCI quickly turns off power to that circuit to
protect the user from potential electrocution. GFCI extension cords can be used
inside or outside. Homeowners should use the outdoor-rated, water-resistant GFCI
heavy duty extension cord outside for lawn and garden tools and equipment,
appliances, or holiday lighting. They offer ideal protection against electric
shock from damaged cords or water exposure. Made out of 12-gauge cord, a GFCI
heavy duty extension cord is strong and durable. Available in 25 ft, 50 ft, and
100 ft, coupled with three prong conductor cord, they can meet every need.
GFCI extension cords are an important safety
device for contractors too. When working on someone else's property, you can't
be positive that outlets are properly grounded or wired, so why risk it? The GFCI heavy duty extension cord stores easily in a tool box or glove box. They
should always be used when working in damp areas, such as bathrooms, basements,
or garages. Because these extension cords provide "portable" GFCI protection,
they are a must-have in every contractor's toolbox.