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Can an electric panel be located in a bathroom?
Monday, June 25, 2018
The National Electrical Code (NEC) specifically excludes locating an electric panel in a bathroom. NEC 240.24 (D) says: “Not Located in Bathrooms - In dwelling units, dormitories, and guest rooms or guest suites, overcurrent devices, other than supplementary overcurrent protection, shall not be located in bathrooms.” The prohibition took effect with the 1993 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC).
But we still come across an electric panel in a bathroom occasionally and, for some reason, it is usually behind the toilet. Straddling a toilet to examine or repair an electric panel is definitely both awkward and unsafe. The toilet/panel combination is often the result of a homeowner remodeling a carport or garage into a bedroom and bath.
And, in a 1950s cottage on Islamorada, we located the electrical panel—after considerable searching—behind a hinged mirror over the bathroom sink. Just when a home inspector gets smug enough to think he's seen it all...
For a list of other locations where a panel should not be installed, go to our blog post Where are electrical breaker panels not allowed by code?
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