17 Mar Effective Ways to Maintain Electrical Safety in Bathrooms
It’s never a good idea to use electricity around water; bathroom spaces always have a certain amount of humidity and steam as well as water in them. You may end up using electrical devices such as hair dryers and shavers when you are in this bathroom and the shower and bathtub areas always have some water. These can prove to be an electrocution hazard or a fire hazard and it’s important to be extra careful when you are using any electrical appliances in the bathroom.
Electrical Safety is Paramount in Bathroom Spaces
We all need water to maintain health and hygiene. However, it’s also an excellent conductor of electricity. This means you can easily experience shock when you are standing in a water puddle and touch an electrical appliance. If your skin in wet, that gives the electricity an easier path and it can pass through your body in an unhindered manner.
That can be extremely dangerous as electrical shock can cause heart arrhythmia, burns and can damage your nervous system and lead to death too. If the grounding is improper or if the wiring is poorly installed, that can start a fire as well. And so, it is crucial to maintain electrical safety when you are in bathroom spaces.
Here are some useful tips to you can follow to avoid an emergency:
- Ensure that all the electrical sockets in the bathroom are situated at a very safe distance from the bathtub and the shower areas.
- Make it a point to cover all the outlets when they aren’t in use.
- Get your local electrician to install GFCIs (ground fault circuit interrupters) for all the electrical sockets in the bathroom. In case there is incorrect grounding in any of the points, the GFCI connected to that socket will automatically shut off the power; this can potentially save a person that’s holding any electrical device in the shower, from experiencing shock.
- Having said that, it’s best not to use any electrical devices in your bathroom especially when you’re in contact with any standing water. We all are aware that we should be taking this precaution, but tend to overlook these things when in a hurry to get ready for the day. This carelessness can be hazardous and it’s crucial to take all the precautions you can.
- If you have noticed any damaged/exposed wiring or loose electrical fixtures in your bathroom, address the problem and get and it replaced without delay.
- In case you have an electric heater installed in your bathroom, make sure it’s hardwired into the electrical system and that it’s fitted either to the ceiling or wall.
- It’s best to have a limited amount of wiring in the bathroom.
- Get enclosed or recessed light fittings and fixtures installed rather than having any hanging light fixtures.
- It’s also a good idea to have fixtures with pull strings instead of ones with switches. This ensures your wet hands don’t come in contact with the circuit.
- Always hire a skilled, certified and insured electrician for all electrical jobs, big and small. A credible electrician will also provide warranties for their work and use high grade materials and fittings. They will also ensure that the work is carried out as per the required safety standards and building codes.
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