Regulations for electrical installations in bathrooms

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Here at Walker Electrical, we are Preston’s leading electrical professionals. From commercial premises, to residential settings, we provide a range of high quality electrical solutions for a range of properties. This includes kitchen and bathroom electrical installations where necessary. To make sure your bathroom is safe, regulations are essential. In fact, sticking to these regulations could even save your life. And this is our guide to everything you should know about the regulations for electrical installation in bathrooms.

What are the regulations for electrical installations in bathrooms?

Electrical installations in bathrooms are highly governed by stringent regulations, known as Section 701, which was last updated in 2008. And these regulations can have some significant effects on the electrical work that can be carried out in bathrooms. These regulations include:

  • the location of sockets
  • the location of plate switches
  • the installation of light fittings

The location of sockets

Sockets are allowed to be installed in the bathroom, since the 2008 update. However, these need to be 3m away from any water outlets, including the shower, sink and bath.

The location of plate switches

For light switches, plate switches can be used on the inside of the bathroom, but these must be suitable for use in the bathroom, given the high levels of humidity and condensation. And they also must be at least 0.6m away from the bath or shower. A pull cord can be used instead, in any location in the bathroom.

The installation of light fittings

Light fittings can be installed in the bathroom, but they will need to be enclosed and protected from water, if they are within 0.6m of the bath or shower.

The importance of electrical safety in the bathroom

Regulations for electrical installation in the bathroom are used specifically to keep people safe. Electrical risks are very real, and between 2015 and 2016, more than half of all fires in England were caused by electrics, resulting in 1380 fatalities and injuries!

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