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A ground fault breaker, or outlet can tell when the current leaks to a different ground.

These are used when or in the area of water.

An ARC fault breaker can tell when an Arc occurs, such as the hot line contacting the neutral, which causes an ARC and has lead to sparks and fires. Most new construction homes have ARC fault breakers for bedrooms.

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A GFCI device in a breaker is intended to trip the breaker open when a ground fault is sensed in the circuit that the breaker is protecting.

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