Because bathrooms are wet, they come with their own specific electrical requirements, including but not limited to the following.
- All outlets must be GFCIs (ground-fault circuit interrupters), to protect from electrocution. …
- There must be an outlet placed within 36 inches of the edge of the sink.
They’re called Ground Fault Circuit-Interrupters (GFCIs) and if you’re not noticing them in many rooms throughout a house, that house is not up to code. They are required in all bathrooms and in kitchen receptacles at counter height or within six feet of a wet area.
Installing GFCI Outlets
Frequently Asked Questions
Should bathrooms have GFCI outlets?
Where Should GFCI Outlets Be Installed? Bathrooms – All bathroom receptacles should have GFCI outlets installed. Garages & Sheds – Any area inside or outside of the house that is not considered a "habitable" room should include GFCI outlets. This includes garages, sheds, and any other work/storage areas.
In which location would it be necessary to install a GFCI?
GFCI outlets should be installed in any potentially wet or damp areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, outdoors, basements, garages and workshops. Damp areas can make you prone to dangerous electric shock but using a GFCI outlet can greatly reduce your risk of injury.