Electric Bathroom Heater Safety

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Electric Bathroom Heater Safety
Electricity and water can be a dangerous combination (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Peter Dutton)

An electric heater can go a long way towards taking the chill off a cold morning. But electricity and water don't mix, so there are some guidelines you should follow when it comes to heating your bathroom.

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Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter

Your bathroom outlets should include ground fault circuit interrupters which will disable any connected electrical device should it become immersed in or splashed by water.

Plug-In GFCI

If your bathroom does not have these safety devices you can buy plug-in models or look for a heater which has a GFCI built into the plug.

Electric Load

Be sure that your bathroom's electrical circuit can handle the amperage of your heater. Dividing the total watts of the heater by 100 is a quick way to estimate the amps it will pull from a standard household circuit. Most household circuits support 15 or 20 amps.

Other Devices

Make sure to turn your heater off before using other energy-intensive devices like hair dryers to avoid overloading the circuit.

Wet Floors

Stepping out of the shower can cause puddles and drips of water throughout your bathroom, especially if you have tile floors. Ensure that your heater is placed in a spot where this water can't cause a short circuit.

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