It’s a well-known fact that water and electricity don’t mix. When both are present, it creates a dangerous risk of electric shock. However, nowhere are these two forces more likely to meet than in the confines of your bathroom. To stay safe from the perils of this combination in your Bradenton, Florida, home, follow these crucial tips.
Install and Use GFCI Outlets
You may have noticed outlets in your home that have a button and a GFCI label. Known as “ground fault circuit interrupters,” these outlets recognize when an electric current is grounding improperly and they shut off immediately. In the bathroom, these are literal lifesavers. If you’re late for a meeting and try to multitask by running water in the sink while simultaneously blow-drying your hair, the GFCI can save you from a nasty shock and even death. If you don’t have them in your bathroom, consider getting them professionally installed.
Don’t Use Electrical Devices Near Water
Although it seems like common sense, many people still use electronic devices around water. Blow-dryers, televisions, and even charging cell phones have no business anywhere near the shower, sink, or bathtub. If they’re exposed to anything wet, not only can you destroy the device, but you’ll also potentially put yourself in harm’s way.
Change Your Fixtures
Recessed lighting is the preferred fixture in the bathroom because it’s impossible to touch or graze as you’re getting out of the water. However, other fixtures, especially ones that have low hanging lights, are hazardous. In addition, light switches are also potentially dangerous. If you’re safety conscious, the best possible mix is a recessed light with a pull chain, although bathrooms with higher ceilings don’t give any problems.
Talk to Your Kids
Knowledge is the best tool to prevent electrocution in the bathroom. That said, have a sit-down talk with your kids about how water and electricity can harm them. Depending on their age, you may also want to think about banning them from baths and showers when you aren’t home.
The threat of shock from water and electricity is a real threat and one that you need to address. If you find that your bathroom’s unsafe, call Luminous Electric at . Our knowledgeable staff will help answer your questions and provide solutions to your problems.