Published at Saturday, February 03rd, 2018 - 01:05:26 AM. Bathroom Electrical. By Suzanne Fred.
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In a bathroom, there is usually a light or lights, an exhaust fan, and at least one receptacle. Although some bathrooms seem relatively small, that doesn't mean that everything can be put on one circuit. In fact, there must be a different circuit for the receptacle(s) than the one for the lights and fan. This means a minimum of two circuits.
Ground-fault circuit-interrupters, or GFCIs, are life-saving devices found on electrical receptacles (outlets), circuit breakers, extension cords, and other electrical equipment. They detect imbalances in the electrical current and quickly shut off the power to minimize the risk of shock. For example, if you're drying your hair in the bathroom and some water splashes into your hair dryer and creates a short circuit, the GFCI outlet the dryer is plugged into will likely turn itself off—in a tiny fraction of a second.
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