Electrical Code Information About Electrical Outlet Height

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When you are installing electrical outlets in your home, you need to be sure that they comply with the electrical code. This code provides a list of rules and recommendations about electrical work which need to be followed in order to ensure that your home is safe, and meets all of the requirements. You may not be able to sell your home in the future if your electrical home improvements do not meet the electrical code.

Electrical Code Standards

The National Electrical Code does not have any specific height requirement, although it may recommend particular heights, depending upon whether you are fitting a commercial or residential outlet. For convenience outlets, such as those fitted in the kitchen, you will find that these are around 42 inches in height, or over the surface of your work tops. Recreational outlets, for TVs or computers, will usually be no more than 12 inches off of the floor, and may be considerably less.

Local Codes

Local electrical codes are often more specific than the NEC, so if you want to know the regulations concerning electrical outlet height in your area, you will need to contact your local government body, and ask them to supply you with detailed information about the height of your outlets to avoid electrical code violations.