Ever since the ‘60s, the electrical code in the US has required grounded wall receptacles to be installed in new builds, but there are still homes where older, non-grounded receptacles are used. If you live in a home that was built before the code went into effect, some of your receptacles might still be of the older, non-grounded type. These types of receptacles are a safety risk, especially when trying to use modern appliances, since they draw a lot of power and usually require a grounded receptacle for proper functionality. So what can you do? Using an adapter is not safe, and replacing the older receptacle with one that is grounded but doesn’t have the proper wiring is also dangerous. Your options are to have your home rewired or install a GFCI receptacle. A GFCI receptacle is not going to provide a ground for your appliances, but it will protect you from electrocution. If you decide to have your home rewired with ground wires, you will need the services of a licensed electrician.

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