What is the height requirement for an electric receptacle outlet?
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
There is no minimum or maximum height requirement for a wall receptacle outlet specified in the National Electrical Code (NEC). Wall receptacles are usually placed between one foot to 18-inches above the floor, but the height is often adjusted higher for receptacles that serve a specific appliance, such as a refrigerator or washing machine. When adding receptacles, it is typical to match the height of existing nearby ones.
Where compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) is necessary, the receptacle must be within a range of 15-inches to 48-inches above the floor. This would put the minimum height to the top of a receptacle at 18-inches, which would be a good height even if no one in the home is currently in a wheelchair. To find other standards that will make a home easier to live in as you age, go to our blog post What are the "Aging In Place" features to look for when buying a retirement home?
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