Accidents happen, but as homeowners, you should not give any circumstances or the devices that can cause accidents at home. One example is an electrical accident in the bathroom. We all know that combining water and electricity produces a hazardous situation. Accidents can vary from simple electrical shot to electrocution; therefore, you don’t want these two to mix.
Even if the installation of electrical components in your property is in compliance with your local electrical code, you should do the important things to ensure safety for you and your family.
Here the best tips for electrical safety in your bathroom
- Electrical sockets need to be at least three metres away from the water. Installing outlets in the bathroom give a higher risk of electrical mishap. However, we need to do it anyway since we need to for various appliances we use in the bathroom. Make sure that they are installed in a reasonable distance from the shower and the taps. Three meters is a good enough distance to keep away the splashes from the water.
- Do not leave appliances plugged in inside the bathroom. It’s only natural to rely on electrical appliances, even on a daily basis. But if you can get hold of battery-operated appliances that you use in the bathroom, that would be great. If not, the best thing you can do is unplug the appliances when you leave the bathroom.
- Check the cords of your appliances like a curling iron or shaver to see if there are cracks and signs of fraying. Appliances with these problems should not be used anymore since they pose a fire hazard.
- Outlets in the bathroom should be GFCI-protected. It means that it can sense if there is improper electrical grounding and it shuts down the power on the outlet automatically. This can prevent a person from holding a hair iron from electrical shock.
- Handle electrical appliances with dry hands. This is a very old but very important rule. Before you hold an appliance like an electric shaver or hairdryer, make sure that you are completely dry. Note that even a drop of water can cause an appliance to shock you.
- If you are using an electric heater in your bathroom, make sure that it is installed by a licensed electrician. Also, make sure that it has no exposed wiring.
- Secure your electrical appliances in the drawers or cabinets of your bathroom benchtops. Make sure that they are unplugged and keep them out of reach from children.
- Choose proper lighting for your bathroom. Hanging lights may be attractive, but they are not ideal for bathrooms as it can get wet with splashes of water from the show, especially if you only have a low ceiling. Ceiling mounted lights are much safer than hanging or wall-mounted lights. You can easily get electrocuted if you switch or touch the light with wet hands.
- Be proactive when it comes to your outlets and lightings. Frequently blown fuses, flickering lights and warm to touch outlets are signs of electrical wiring problems. If these happen, make sure to call an electrician right away to have these issues checked.
Getting injured or getting killed because of electricity accidents in the bathroom is possible that you initially thought. Therefore, it is imperative to follow proper electrical codes in installing electrical wiring and outlets in the bathroom and follow the safety guidelines mentioned above to ensure that your bathroom is a safe place for you and your family. Make your bathroom free from potential electrical hazards caused by incorrect installation, defective appliances, frayed wiring, just to name a few.