How Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters Work & Protect Us from Shock: Electrical Ground Rules Whitepaper
How do ground fault circuit interrupters work?
This Electrical Ground Rules white paper is Part 2 of a three-part series that takes a look at grounding and its role in protecting personnel and equipment, and ensuring the integrity of electrical signals. In this part, we will examine our use of ground as a means of protection from ground faults, and how ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) devices operate to protect us from severe shock. We also answer these questions:
- What does a wired earth ground really protect you from?
- Does it protect you from electrocution?
- What if your appliance does not include a connection to earth ground and you become the path of least resistance for some sort of ground fault?
We begin with a discussion on the use of ground as a means of protection from ground faults. Additionally, we cover how ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) devices operate to protect us from severe shock.
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You can find the other whitepapers in this three part series in the links below:
- Part 1: Circuit Grounding and Why it’s Important
- addresses the concept of grounding, the AC power system and its use of ground
- gives three main reasons why we ground electrical equipment:
- stabilizing electrical signals
- limiting transient voltages and current
- Part 3: Ground as a Voltage Stabilizer & Transient Limiter
- reviews ground and its role as a voltage stabilizer and transient limiter
- offers tips on what you can do to improve your connection to ground to realize benefits to safety and signal integrity