A receptacle is the electrical outlet that allows for electrical devices to be plugged in and receive the power necessary to function. The receptacle in a building or structure must be installed properly based on the type of electrical service, the amount of power being used and the circuits that run it. A receptacle consists of a female connector that is structured to interface with the male connectors. Most receptacles are located on the wall or floor, but there are some that are placed on the ceiling. Receptacles can be placed either in the open for easy access or behind cabinetry or doors out of sight.
Receptacles can be safety hazards if not installed correctly or if located in an area where there is water potential. It is vital that the receptacles be installed according to directions and by a professional electrician. Left open, the receptacles can also be dangerous to children and should be capped with an outlet cover when not being used. It is vital that receptacles be installed according to local electrical building codes and regulations. The receptacle can be a fire hazard if not correctly installed and utilized. A professional will understand these guidelines.