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What is the code requirement for ceiling (paddle) fans near or above a swimming pool?
Thursday, May 30, 2019
The 2017 edition of the National Electrical Code [NEC 680.22(b)] states that outdoor ceiling fans installed above a pool or within 5-feet of the inside wall of the pool measured horizontally, must be at least 12-feet above the maximum water level of the pool.
An indoor pool is granted a little more leeway: if the branch circuit serving the ceiling fan is GFCI-protected, then the fan can be as low as 7-foot 6-inches above the maximum pool water level, and the fan must be rated for use on porches or patios.
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Here’s links to a collection of our other blog posts about CEILING FANS and POOLS AND SPAS:
• What are the code requirements for ceiling fan installation?
• What is the minimum height of a ceiling fan above the floor?
• What is the average life expectancy of a ceiling fan?
• Why are my ceiling fan blades drooping?
• How does a home inspector check the ceiling fans?
• How close can a smoke detector be to a ceiling fan?
• Does a home inspector check ceiling fans?
• Does code require a ceiling fan to be grounded?
• Does an above-ground pool require a building permit?
• Does an above-ground pool have to comply with code requirements for a swimming pool barrier?
• What are the pros and cons of vinyl liner vs fiberglas vs concrete in-ground pools?
• Can a pool with green, cloudy water be inspected?
• Should I refinish-resurface my pool with paint or plaster?
• Why are pool pumps now required to be variable speed?
• What are the clearance requirements for an overhead electric service drop that is directly over or near a swimming pool?
• Is the deteriorated finish of a concrete pool shell only a cosmetic problem?
• How long does a pool finish last?
• How can I tell if my pool is no longer level?
• When was it first required for pool pumps to have GFCI protection?
Visit our POOL AND SPA and APPLIANCES pages for other related blog posts on this subject, or go to the INDEX for a complete listing of all our articles.
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