light switch question

Discussion in 'Electrical Forum discussion & Blog' started by lee polowczuk, Aug 20, 2007.

  1. lee polowczuk

    lee polowczuk New Member

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    Not too long ago, I used you folks for a question on providing power to a light switch/fan, etc.

    That is all worked out.

    Previously this switch was on the outside of an enclosed shower.

    Now I have blown out the shower and putting in a tub/shower combo with a shower curtain.

    Should I put GFCI breakers in the box out of fear someone may be taking a shower and reach out of the curtain and turn on a light or fan?
  2. Speedy Petey

    Speedy Petey Licensed Electrical Contractor

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    You could but it is not required. There is no imminent danger posed by the switches as long as they are properly installed and grounded.
  3. frenchie

    frenchie Jack of all trades

    I guess it depends on how stupid you think people are, and how paranoid you are...

    I would do it. But my favorite Einstein quote: "only 2 things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity; and I'm still not sure about the first one." And I think Murphy was an optimist.

    ...the sane part of my brain keeps pointing out that they'd have to be really dripping wet to have any chance of getting electrocuted by flipping a switch.
  4. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    I don't see how you could get electrocuted by a properly functioning light switch...maybe from the thing it is controlling, but not the switch itself.
  5. Chris75

    Chris75 Electrician

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    If this were a real issue, you would not be able to have a switch in a bathroom period, or near any sink for that matter.
  6. frenchie

    frenchie Jack of all trades

    The more I think about it, the more I agree. On second thought, I would not bother.
  7. lee polowczuk

    lee polowczuk New Member

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    thanks.... i'll go with your advice....

    If I haven't stated it before... electricity scares me a bit, because I still don't understand it...but I am learning
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