Have we hammered on enough about electricity and water yet? Yep, that’s right, they don’t mix. And that makes the bathroom potentially the most dangerous room in the house. Bathrooms must comply with strict safety regulations – so make sure you use a registered electrician if you need any work carried out. Follow our guidelines and you’ll be fine.
1. Sockets – these aren’t allowed in bathrooms or shower rooms. The only ones you’ll see are for plugging in your shaver/electric toothbrush – and these must be fitted a good distance from the bath or shower.
2. Lighting – many bathrooms have a long pull cord instead of a light switch. Or often, the light switch is located outside the door. This is because... yep, you guessed it, if you touch a switch with wet hands, there’s a serious risk of an electric shock.
3. Heating – the central heating is the safest way to warm your bathroom. Any electric heater must be fixed and permanently wired – not plugged in.
4. Portable appliances – hairdryers, radios, laptops, and any other portable electric appliances with a mains connection must not be brought into the bathroom plugged in. They bring a serious risk of injury or death if they get wet.