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What is a GFI? & why you need them in your home

Your house is your sanctuary, a place to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and. You make sure the foundation is sound, that the structure is sturdy, and that the paint is lead-free. You may have even installed a security system so that everyone can sleep better at night, or enjoy vacations far from home.

One unseen (yet highly important) safety measure to think about if you haven't already – especially if you're preparing to move in to an older home, is a GFI. A GFI (or GFCI: Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) device protects a person from the risk of electrical shocks due to faults in any electrical item used in the home. 

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Why is static electricity worse in the winter?

It's always a bit of a jolt – literally – when you walk across the room and then touch a person or an object and find yourself zapped. This can happen every now and again no matter what time of year it is, because the shock is simply just a charged buildup caused by our body gathering extra electrons from the surfaces around us.

If you walk across carpeting made of wool or nylon while wearing rubber-soled shoes, these electrons travel from the carpet fibers to the rubber surface. Then, the electrons spread out over the surface of our body, which can cause the resulting buildup to grow. 

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