When I tried to plug in my hair dryer this morning the GFCI in my bathroom buzzed whenever the prongs touched the outlet. There was also a small puff of smoke. The GFCI didn't trip. Anything to worry about?
Suzy from Denver CO
By Carole Coppard 07/11/2007
Get an Electrician in urgently! you have a live socket and it is a hazard (My husband is an Electrician and I asked him)
Thank you for your quick response. We are replacing that GFCI tonight!
Should she have plugged her hair dryer into a "dead
socket"? It almost seems as if the grounding wire was doing it's job because of something else? What causes a "live socket?"