What electrics can you safely have in the bathroom?
Water is a very effective conductor of water. However, if the two come into contact, the result can be hazardous. The bathroom is quite possibly the most dangerous room in the home in respect of electrical safety. In a bathroom or shower room, the consequences of an electric shock can be far more severe as wet skin will reduce any resistance your body has.
When it comes to the electrical installations in your bathroom, there are special requirements that need to be adhered to. It is vital that any electrical installations carried out in your bathroom are undertaken by a registered electrician. This is not a job you should undertake yourself or allow someone who is no fully qualified to do.
Plug sockets are not allowed in shower rooms or bathrooms, unless they can be fitted at a distance of at least 3 metres from the shower or bath. The exception to this is electrical shaver points; however, these should also be installed at a safe distance from the bath or shower where they are not at danger from splashes.
When it comes to choosing the lighting for your bathroom is it essential to give careful consideration to the different types available. Enclosed ceiling lights are recommended rather than the kind that hang down.
If you do choose light fittings that are not closed, then it is crucial that they are located well out of reach of anyone who could still be wet from being in the bath or shower.
Light switches should not be fitted in the bathroom due to the potential danger that could be caused due to damp, wet hands coming into contact with them. The safest option is to have a ceiling mounted pull cord installed in the bathroom instead.
The safest way to keep your bathroom warm is with central heating. However, if you do have a need for an electric heater, then it needs to be fixed at a safe distance from the shower or bath.
If you have an electric or gas water heater in your bathroom, then it should be permanently wired and fixed, unless it is powered via a socket that has been fitted three metres away from the shower or bath.
Portable electrical appliances
You should never bring hairdryers, curling tongs or other portable electricals into the bathroom, due to the risk of serious injury or death that they pose.
Now you know the basics, you should be able to have the features you want in the bathroom without putting yourself at risk.