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Bathroom Outlet Locations for Electrical Safety


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

When installing a new outlet in a bathroom, how far from the water source must it be?

Permissible Locations for Bathroom GFCI Outlets

Question: When installing a new outlet in a bathroom, how far from the water source must it be? My bathroom is approx 6 x 8.

This electrical question came from: Bill, a Homeowner from Phila, Pa

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Bill.
Bill, the outlets in the bathroom are required to be GFCI or ground fault protected and they should not be directly in or reachable while in the bathtub or shower. Because the outlets are required to be GFCI protected they may be installed at the sink area.

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2 Responses to “Bathroom Outlet Locations for Electrical Safety”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Jim,
    My first thought is to relocate the plug so that it is not in the same location or in close proximity to the tub assembly. Construction or design methods should be performed to make sure that water is contained to the tub enclosure and local area. I have found that 2 X 6 walls have worked better in cases like this where more space may be required. It may be good to discuss this with the building department inspector or even the architect or person who created the set of plans. Often the construction process creates challenges that are not identified on a set of plans, but there is always a solution.
    Dave

  2. Jim says:

    I am having a new house built. There has been a plug installed in a bedroom the butts up against the bath tub. They share a common wall and the top of the tub is the same height as the top of the box, so that water makes its way into the wall at that point so there is the possibility that water will get into the box.

    Can you advise me as to the code that would cover this?

    Thank you.