Want to get to know your ‘ground fault circuit interrupter’? These are the outlets with a TEST and RESET button in the middle and that are usually found in your kitchen, bathroom or other locations – usually somewhere that poses a risk of water contact. If a GFCI ‘trips’, (interrupts your power) it means the outlet has shut down to protect against a temporary overload of electric current. You won’t be able to use that outlet again until you reset the GFCI. This usually is very simply done by just pressing the RESET button; listen for the audible click and you’ll know it has successfully reset.
Note: often times, several outlets in the same room are protected by one control outlet’s TEST and RESET buttons, for example all the outlets along a countertop in your workshop or kitchen. This means the GFCI in charge - that you now need to reset - might not be the actual outlet you were using when the power stopped.