Safety in the Bathroom:

The bathroom is possibly the most dangerous room in the house when we talk about electrical safety, wet skin reduces the bodies resistance if you receive an electric shock making it far more severe.

Special requirements are needed for electrical installations as most electrical work requires Part P of the building regulations


Sockets are not allowed in bathrooms or shower rooms unless (excluding shaver-supply units) they are installed at least three metres from the bath or shower.
Note: Electrical shaver points must also be a safe distance from the bathroom or shower to avoid splashes.


Ceiling lights that are enclosed are the standard recommendation over hanging lights.
Please Note: Light fittings that are not enclosed, should be out of reach from anyone using the bath/shower or still wet from using them.

Everyday light switches are a danger because of dampness and wet hands. A ceiling-mounted pull-cord switch is the safest option.

Heaters and towel rails

Central heating is the safest way to keep a bathroom warm. But if you do have an electric heater, it must be fixed at a safe distance from the bath or shower.

Electric and gas water heaters in a bathroom must be fixed and permanently wired, unless they are powered by a socket fitted three metres from a bath or shower.

A pull-cord or switch outside the bathroom is the ideal way to control electric heaters.


An electric shower must be supplied on its own circuit directly from your fusebox.

Portable electrical appliances

Never bring mains-powered portable appliances such as hairdryers, heaters or radios into a bathroom. You could be severely injured or killed.

N.H.Electrical try to make the advice on our website as useful and reliable as possible. However the purpose of this advice is provided as useful tips only and should not be taken as professional advice and should not be relied upon as such.

If you are in any doubts as to following any advice we recommend you speak to a qualified N.H.Electrical electrician who will under take the work for you. You can contact us locally 01252 917 636.