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Electrical Riddle No. 48 – Power receptacles

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      mounting height of power receptacles in homes and offices-how it affects users
      The normal practice is to fix receptacles about a foot above the floor level in homes and offices.
      But in kitchen it is at the table top level because the appliances like oven,mixer/grinder,toaster etc are kept on the table. In the bedroom or sitting room as the TV,bed side lamp, electric iron computer etc as well as in offices computer,copier,fax machine etc are kept at the table level. Will it be advisable to mount the receptacle at the table level in these locations?. It will prevent kids poking something into the receptacle and creating a fire or electrocution. Also the elders,those in wheel chairs and those who cannot bend do not have to bend downwards to plug in any appliance.
      It will be easier to locate like light switch if mounted at a reasonable height.

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        Please refer to Appendix A to Part 1191 – Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities 4.27.3* Height. The highest operable part of controls, dispensers, receptacles, and other operable equipment shall be placed within at least one of the reach ranges specified in 4.2.5 and 4.2.6. Electrical and communications system receptacles on walls shall be mounted no less than 15 in (380 mm) above the floor. EXCEPTION: These requirements do not apply where the use of special equipment dictates otherwise or where electrical and communications systems receptacles are not normally intended for use by building occupants. Electrical receptacles installed to serve individual appliances and not intended for regular or frequent use by building occupants are not required to be mounted within the specified reach ranges. Examples would be receptacles installed specifically for wall-mounted clocks, refrigerators, and microwave ovens. For guidance on children’s reach ranges, see A4.2.5 & 4.2.6. Which state: The following table provides guidance on reach ranges for children according to age where building elements such as coat hooks, lockers, or controls and operating mechanisms are designed for use primarily by children. These dimensions apply to either forward or side reaches. Accessible elements, controls, and operating mechanisms designed for adult use or children over age 12 can be located outside these ranges but must be within the adult reach ranges required by 4.2.5 and 4.2.6.

        Sinnadurai Sripadmanaban

          So my recommendation to mount at the table top level is acceptable because you say for all age groups(<12yrs)44ins is recommended. Thanks

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