The outdoor, basement, garage, bathroom and kitchen receptacle outlets may be required to have GFCI, GFIC breaker or GFI device (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) The National Electrical Code (NEC) updates electrical code every few years as new technology dictates and to meet life safety requirements.
Depending on the age of a house, GFCI may not be required at all. However, if you are replacing an existing receptacle in the kitchen, bathroom, garage, or other location where a GFI outlet is now required by code, you must replace the outlet with a GFI device. Yes, even if the old receptacle was installed before GFI outlets were required. Contact your local electrician for more information.
Safety for you and your family is our first concern. Please install GFCI protection devices near any wet or moisture areas (garage, basement, pool, fountain, outside receptacle, etc). Also, install GFCI receptacles within 6 feet of all sinks (bathroom, kitchen, wet bar, laundry tub, etc).
Related dates for requiring GFI, GFIC or GFIC in the NEC code (15 & 20 amp 120 volt):
- Exterior outlets below 6’6” – 1973
- Bathrooms and powder rooms – 1975 and 1978
- Garages – 1978
- Kitchens – within 6’ of a sink –1987
- Unfinished basements and crawl spaces – 1990
- Wet bars – 1993
- All kitchen countertop outlets - 1999
- All unfinished basement and garage outlets -2008
Some regions of the country have not adopted parts of the NEC and they may have different or additional code requirements. Check with your local electrician for more information.
View the general area of NEC adoption map to learn more.