Yes, both outlets in a bathroom should be equipped with GFCI outlets. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) are a safety measure designed to protect people from electrical hazards. A GFCI will trip and disconnect the circuit if it detects a ground fault in the electrical system, preventing electrocution. GFCI outlets should also be installed in other areas of the home beyond just the bathroom. Here are some examples of where GFCI outlets should be installed:
Garages and Sheds – Any space inside or outside the home that isn’t considered a habitable room should include GFCI outlets. This includes sheds, garages as well as any other storage or work spaces.
Kitchens – All kitchen counter receptacles within 6 feet of a sink should be GFCI protected.
Outdoors – All outdoor receptacles should be equipped with GFCI outlets, including those for pool, hot tub, or spa areas.
Basements and Crawl Spaces – GFCI outlets should be installed in basements, crawl spaces, and any areas where there may be moisture present.
By installing GFCI outlets in these areas, you can ensure added safety in your home and prevent electrical hazards. It’s important to note that GFCI outlets should be tested regularly to ensure they are functioning properly.