Half Bath GFI Outlet Location
I was wondering if it was OK to have a GFCI wall outlet within 5ft. of a shower stall in a half bath?
Safely Locating a GFCI Outlet in a Half Bath
Background: Cliff, a Handyman from North Eastern USA
Question: Hi, I was wondering if it was OK to have a GFCI wall outlet within 5ft. of a shower stall in a half bath? Also, is it OK to not have an outlet near the sink in the same half bath? Cliff
Thanks for your electrical question Cliff.
Cliff, the outlets in the bathroom are required to be GFCI or ground fault protected and they should not be directly in the shower area or reachable while in the shower stall. Because the outlets are required to be GFCI protected they may be installed at the sink area and are one GFI outlet is required at each sink.
The Following links will assist you with your electrical question:
GFCI Outlet Wiring
Wiring Diagram GFI
The features and benefits of GFCI outlets and receptacles will give you a clear understanding of the importance why these safety devices are required by code to help protect you and your family against accidental electrical shock hazards.
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