At ARC Electric Company we try to promote home electrical safety. As electricians, we constantly are reminded of fire hazards. “Whenever you mix water and electric, it could be an extremely dangerous situation,” said Ellen Tesauro, of All Decks and Improvement (alldecksand-improvement.com). “Managing electric in the bathroom must be thoroughly thought out, for all persons living in the home to be protected from shocks, or worse, electrocution.”
Lets admit, we all spend a lot of time in our bathrooms and often don’t take the electrical safety in that room serious. Besides a kitchen, bathrooms are a place where water and household electrical items coincide on a regular basis. To keep your bathroom safe and worry-free for you and your family, electrical experts advise taking the following precautions.
The most important precaution in the bathroom is keeping all electrical devices away from the water and switches away from the tub and shower. This is part of the building code, and also makes it less likely that anyone will touch a switch or outlet while they’re bathing or showering.
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs)
Bathroom GFCI receptacle protection is required by the National Electrical Code (NEC). This type of outlet has a push button on it to switch off the entire breaker in case any problems arise. GFCI protection is required for all new bathroom outlet receptacles; in an existing bathroom, at least one of the outlets must be GFCI. Since today many bathrooms are equipped with numerous electrical current-hungry devices, bathroom electrical power supply requirements have had to be adjusted. In the past, the bathroom often shared its electrical circuit with other areas such as the kitchen and the garage, but this is not considered sufficient any longer.
Some types of light fixtures are not permitted within a certain area in the bathroom. This spot is directly above the bathtub and shower stall and extends 3 feet horizontally and 8 feet vertically from the bathtub top rim and the shower stall threshold.
Types of light fixtures or parts of fixtures forbidden in this area include:
* Cord-connected lights (i.e., a table lamp)
* A chain/cable or a suspended cord
* Track lights
* Ceiling fans.
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