Electricity and water are undoubtedly a dangerous combination and one obvious place where the two can unfortunately come together is your bathroom. We all have electrical devices like shavers and hair dryers which we use in the bathroom and for this reason an extra element of safety needs to be adhered to to avoid electrocution.
Did you know for instance that you don’t even have to be standing in water for it to help conduct the flow of electricity? Instead just by having slightly wet skin it can give electricity an easier path into your body. That’s why electrical safety should be of paramount importance in your bathroom. Here are some top tips you might want to follow in order to make your bathroom as safe as it can be for you and your family.
Only keep necessary appliances in the bathroom
In an ideal world the safest solution would be to use zero appliances in your bathroom. However this isn’t always feasible. Therefore if you have hair dryers, curling tongs, hair straighteners plus a multitude of other appliances you plug in and use in the bathroom, you might want to consider removing them and using them in the bedroom for example where it’s far safer.
Maintain good outlet distance
All plug sockets, and this includes shaving points, should be located a safe distance away from the area of your shower or bath. Any outlets should also be fitted with a cover when not in use. All bathroom outlets should also be equipped with ground fault circuit breakers. These can sense when an electrical current is improperly grounding and cut the power immediately.
A word about wiring
Firstly any exposed or frayed wiring is dangerous in any location but in a bathroom it’s even more so. For this reason make sure that any less than perfect wiring is repaired or replaced immediately. For this you’ll need to call out a registered and licensed electrician.
In addition if you have an electrical heater in your bathroom it needs to be hard wired into the circuit. This should then be installed either higher up the wall or on the ceiling for safety. Also the less exposed wiring you have the better and safer your bathroom is. For example if you have bathroom lighting then you might opt for recessed or enclosed lighting as opposed to light bulbs or fixtures that hand from the ceiling. Speaking of lighting, pull cords are better than light switches because they prevent the use of wet hands being placed anywhere near the circuit.
So there you have it! By adhering to these bathroom electrical safety tips you can make what is arguably the most dangerous room in the house a much safer place.
If you’re not happy with your bathroom electrical layout or would like to install safer outlets or lighting then contact Static Electrics. With over 25 years of experience within the industry we get the job done right without cutting corners. Contact us on 07 5445 8305 to get a free no-obligation quote.