One of the most essential features in a kitchen are the outlets and switches. They often do not make the top 10 list of important items on a homeowners list, however, they are for the Electrician. If you are thinking about remodeling your kitchen, there is a good chance that you will need GFCI outlets and switches in the new kitchen design. The GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) and is also known as a Ground Fault Interrupter (GFI). This device is important in helping prevent fires in a kitchen and reducing the risk of electric shock.
When planning a kitchen remodel, it is important to have a basic understanding of the fundamental NKBA guidelines on kitchen design. These guidelines provide helpful tips on the placement of switches and outlets that need to be considered during the kitchen design planning process.
Outlet placement matters in a new kitchen remodel. Each municipality has its own requirements and codes for the placement of GFCI receptacles in the kitchen. So you’ll need to ask your electrician what the exact distances are for your city or municipality. However, the National Electric Code Guidelines (NEC) provides excellent information that you need to know when planning kitchen design about requirements on GFCI receptacle locations in the Kitchen:
- A GFCI outlet should be within appx. 2 feet of the outside edge of any sink located along a wall in a kitchen
- A GFCI outlets is needed on both ends of a kitchen island
- A GFCI outlet should be at the end of a kitchen peninsula at a certain height from the counter top
- A GFCI outlet appx. needs to be every 2 feet on the kitchen walls, based on your city’s guidelines and the NEC
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Outlets and Switches in your kitchen remodel and design – Donco Designs