Bathrooms are notorious for setting some of the worst electric shock horror stories in the past. Water and electricity never works and together but we sometimes tend to forget that crucial fact. Or if you have a toddler in your house, she might never know the dangers at all. Therefore, preventing an electrical hazard in your bathroom is essential for any home.
We’ve all heard the basics: don’t leave the dryer in the sink, don’t throw the dryer in the bath tub. But there are potential risk factors beyond the dryer. If you’re unsure whether your bathroom is electrically safe for your or your child, here are some things you can do to prevent an electrical hazard.
#1: Take Care of the Sockets
Electrical sockets are a menace in the bathroom so you want to make sure they are placed a safe distance away from any source of water. You should also cover the outlets with a lid when you don’t need them just to be on the safe side.
Speaking of safety, it’s a good idea to install your sockets with ground fault circuit interrupters that function to automatically cut off the power when there is some problem.
#2: About Your Devices
While it’s preferable to not use electrical devices at all in the vicinity of a water source, but if you absolutely have to then make sure you use it when the water is not running anywhere in the bathroom. An innocent splash of water can become life threatening for you.
#3: Double Check for Damages
If there is a faulty wire or damaged insulation, you need to get it repaired as soon as possible. Any sort of electrical damage is dangerous but in the bathroom, it is especially fatal.
#4: Fans and Lights
Electric heaters or fans should be hardwired into a dedicate circuit and they should be installed in the ceiling well away from the shower area so the chances of water reaching those appliances is minimum. Lights with hanging switches are usually safer in the bathroom because wet hands and a faulty switch could cause a shock.
#5: Get Help from a Professional
Finally, even when you’ve followed the steps above but you still want to get the complete safety satisfaction, hiring a professional electrician to inspect and assess your bathroom is the best idea. This could save you your energy, worry and even your life.
McCauley Electrical is a licensed electrician in Albany serving the Greater Capital Region. We provide both residential and commercial electrician services.