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A power outage in your home might simply be a tripped GFI outlet. Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI or GFI outlets) are usually required in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and any location where a sink or water source may be present. Their purpose is to shut off electrical power when current flows along an unintended path—for example, water or a person.

GFIs reduce the risk of electric shock and help prevent fires and damage to your appliances and home. They can also be tripped because of an electrical surge, excessive moisture, a storm, or a defective appliance such as a coffee maker.

In short, if your power goes out, check your GFI outlets first. If the GFI is tripped, a small button will be popped out. Simply push the button back into place, and your power should be restored. If power repeatedly shuts off and you’ve ruled out a defective appliance, you might have a faulty or damaged GFI outlet; or something else may be wrong with your home’s electrical system. At that point, it might be time to contact a certified electrician.