Electrical Safety in the Bathroom

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Your hair dryer could be hazardous to your health, especially if you use it or any other electrical appliance in the bathroom. The combination of electricity and water is dangerous; these precautions can help avoid electrical accidents in the bathroom.

Prevent Electrical Shock

  • Prevent electrocution or shock by keeping all electrical items away from your shower, tub, sink and toilet. Don't use them if the water is running or if your sink or tub is full of water.

Use Proper Outlets

  • Be sure that all bathroom outlets have a ground fault circuit interrupter. The GFCI detects when water and electricity mix and turns off the current to protect you from a bad shock or electrocution.

Avoid Overloading Outlets

  • Don't plug all of your appliances in at one time and don't use power strips in your bathroom. Overloading outlets causes them to overheat which can lead to an electrical fire.

No Extension Cords

  • Keep extension cords out of the bathroom. Wear and tear on the cord can cause exposed wires that can be deadly if they come in contact with water on the countertop or the floor.

Unplug Appliances

  • Remember to unplug appliances after you are done using them. Store them safely away in drawers or on high shelves to avoid contact with water.

References

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