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Kitchen & Bathroom

Kitchen and Bathroom

We learn from a young age that water and electricity do not mix… or perhaps mix rather too well. The reason is that water can carry electricity very efficiently so as you can imagine, the bathroom and the kitchen are the most dangerous rooms in the house for us electricians. But so long as we are qualified and competent these rooms do not need to be dangerous for you and your family.

Bathroom

There are special requirements for electrical installations in bathrooms which must comply with Part P of the Building Regulations. Fear not, I am registered with ELECSA as a Part P Approved contractor so I can do whatever it is you need doing in your bathroom or kitchen and ensure it is done properly, so as not to compromise your safety or the value of your home.

The bathroom is probably the wettest room in the house, so many of the specialist requirements are there to keep portable appliances out of the room and any essential electrical supply as far away from splashes as possible (being enclosed).

  • A socket for an electrical shaver is the only exception but has its own requirements under the regulations.
  • Enclosed ceiling lights are preferable to any hanging bulbs with pull cords and no switches.
  • Any electrical supply to any heating in the bathroom must be a safe distance from the bath or shower with fixed wiring only.
  • Electrical showers are often a convenient part of bathroom design but it must be fed by its own circuit directly from the fusebox.
  • All lighting, heating and shower circuits serving the bathroom must be protected by a 30mA RCD.
  • Earthing is important to any installation and is required to be up to date with the latest wiring regulations. Before any work is carried out all metallic gas, oil and water pipes entering the building must be bonded with the correct size earth wire.

Kitchen

Electrician working on the electrics in the kitchenThe kitchen is an electrically busy part of the house where meal times and parties require a potentially hazardous recipe of electricity, heat, fire, steam and many weird and wonderful liquids and food substances.

The best advice is, when modifying or installing a new kitchen or doing anything with the electrics, please consult me! I am a qualified electrician who will help you plan and install to the highest and safest standards. Just some of the considerations are:

  • Keep water and electrical sockets apart! 30cm at the very least from the sink.
  • Ideally use a switched fuse connection unit mounted above the worktop to supply any electrical equipment installed under the worktop for greater ease of access.
  • It is not uncommon for kitchen sockets to be used to power portable equipment in the garden. If you are going to do this that socket should be protected by an RCD.
  • Make sure you have enough sockets as using too many extensions may overload the circuits.
  • The better planned your installation the safer and easier your life will be when it is complete.
  • All electrical circuits serving the kitchen must be protected by a 30mA RCD.
  • Earthing is important to any installation and is required to be up to date with the latest wiring regulations. Before any work is carried out all metallic gas, oil and water pipes entering the building must be bonded with the correct size earth wire.

C R Lane Electrical

I am qualified with City & Guilds in electrical installations up to the latest edition of the wiring regulations and am also qualified with them for inspection, testing and certification of electrical installations for your extra peace of mind. My full list of qualifications can be found on my ‘About’ page. I can help you plan and design the best alterations for your requirements and then ensure they are installed in a way that will not compromise safety or the value of your house.

House Fires

More than half of accidental house fires are started in the Kitchen so here are some bonus safety tips to consider:

  • Don’t block the ventilation of a microwave by storing things too close or boxing it in.
  • Do not leave cooking unattended.
  • Do not use any power switches with wet or dirty hands.
  • Clean your oven and grill regularly to avoid grease build up as this is a common cause of fire.
  • Visually inspect that your electrical appliances are in good condition before use.
  • Do not fix any electrical appliances or try to rescue toast from the toaster while it is still plugged in to the mains.
  • Install a heat alarm in your kitchen, or a smoke alarm between your kitchen (not too close to avoid false alarms) and the exit for maximum warning time.

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