An electrical outlet is a socket that connects any electrical device to the electrical supply of a home. Most often these outlets are installed within a wall. They are a series of opening that connect wired power sources to electrical power in the home. The plug of a component transfers power from the outlet to the device that is plugged in. The power found in the outlet is generated from an electrical panel.
There are many types of outlets including a standard receptacle, which all small household appliances can use and generally supplies 120 volts of electricity. A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupt outlet is another type that is commonly found in bathrooms and kitchens or any place that may become wet. They have two narrow slots and a small circular hole. They have a built-in breaker in them so if water gets inside the outlet, the outlet itself will shut down without shorting the rest of the home. These types of outlets have a test button and a reset button.
A professional home inspector or electrician can examine a home’s current electrical panel and outlets to ensure they are functioning properly and to protect from electrical fires.