ungrounded 2 prong receptacles
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What are ungrounded receptacles?
Two-prong outlets are connected to two-wire cables. That means they do not have a ground wire that protects people from faulty electrical devices. It is possible to install a new three-prong or GFCI into the same outlet box, as long as the box itself is grounded. This can be determined by a qualified electrician
Replacement of Two Prong Outlets
Two-prong outlets are not currently allowed by the National Electrical Code. However it is permitted to replace an existing two-prong outlet with another two-prong (ungrounded) outlet. So, an equal swap is permitted. Upgrading is always recommended.
Getting Your Outlets up to Code
You have 3 safe options for getting your outlets up to code.
- Replace with a GFCI
- Retrofit a three-prong receptacle without rewiring
- Rewire the panel
If you need advice, contact Electricians Ottawa.