The Inspector Newsletter
October 2018: Autumn
Snapshots From The Field

Our inspectors are always sharing interesting finds from the field.

What’s wrong with this picture?

You’d be surprised by how common this one is! Pictured here is an overhead light and electric ceiling fan in a bathroom . . . that’s been installed over a shower and tub.

Installing a suspended light and fan over an area where showering and bathing occurs is incredibly dangerous. Since electricity and water are a lethal combination, even a minor malfunction could lead to electrocution. While overhead lighting is obviously a must in every room of the house, including the bathroom, it must be well out of the way of the shower and/or bath, and preferably “wet” or “shower-location” rated by a professional. Local codes can vary when it comes to clearance, so be sure to do your research.

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