In Seattle area is there any code about distance between cooktop and light switch?

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  1. curiousv

    curiousv Member

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    In Seattle area ...is there any code about min. distance between cooktop (electrical range) and light switch or outlet ?

    Right next to this cooktop ..there is a wall ...can we put this new gang box in that wall ..if yes any min. distance required either height wise or side wise? @Terry
     
  2. WorthFlorida

    WorthFlorida The wife is still training me.

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    It comes down to safety and good practices. You do not want anything on the wall behind the cooktop or stove. Reaching over a hot stove top is not practical for safety reasons especially for kids. Side to side there are no distance requirements but 12" from the edge of the cooktop is a good distance. An outlet too close, a power cord from an appliance can be burned from a stove top so keep a practical distance. A switch, reaching some can be burned from a pot on the stove.
    Summary: Electrical outlets along countertops (kitchen)
    • Receptacles are placed no more than 48" apart,
    • no point along the countertop is more than 24" from a receptacle,
    • countertops of 12" or more wide get a receptacle.
    • maximum height above countertop to receptacle: 20"
    An old post:
    https://terrylove.com/forums/index.php?threads/receptacle-distance-from-cooking-range.56799/
     

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  4. kreemoweet

    kreemoweet In the Trades

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    There is no such code, in Seattle or anywhere else. Are you forgetting that it is quite common for ranges to have outlets
    included, in the rear console, mere inches from the heating elements?
     
  5. WorthFlorida

    WorthFlorida The wife is still training me.

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    That was true well over 50 years ago when 36" ranges were more common. You can see on the far left an outlet by the burner in this vintage 1950 GE range. As a kid in our home we had one similar but the outlet was on the right. Inside the console was a screw type fuse and where we plugged in the toaster. The fuse would occasionally blow.

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