GFCI Receptacle1 GFCI stands for “ground fault circuit interrupter,” which is like a standard electrical outlet but includes its own built-in circuit breaker. Electricity always seeks the easiest route to the ground, so the term “ground fault” means any time that the electric current departs from its intended flow. Water conducts electricity more easily than wire, so if an outlet gets splashed with water the current might change directions and follow the water to the ground — possibly going through you on the way. This is why GFCI outlets are often installed in kitchens and bathrooms. As with all circuit breakers, they’re designed to instantly interrupt the flow of electricity in order to protect against electrical shock. GFCI outlets look just like their traditional counterparts, except they have two small buttons at the center. One is labeled “test” and the other “reset.”