Helsinki Smash Rod
- Nov 15, 2008
- N38? 43', W90? 22'
- Roger Dean's Rocks
We have them down by the floor with the switches on. It just makes it easier with chargers and stuff to switch them off but leave them plugged in. Most stuff I just leave on though.Some countries put the electrical outlets about 1' below where we normally mount wall switches. To them, it makes sense.
^ Hmm, well they are uncommon here. I don't even have one in my bathroom, but I do have this weird test mechanism thing on mine that I'd not seen until now. Hah, like my electrical outlets came with a instruction manual.
Yes, but they seem to like their outlets with moving parts, so... :shrug:
And there is a certain amount of logic for them to have it there... but not much.
That "test" is actually a Ground Fault Interrupter (GFI) and is required on all plugs in a bathroom or within a given proximity to a water source. They have been required under the building codes for many years. In the event of an electrical fault (such as dropping a hair dryer in the sink) the GFI will trip and shut the circuit off much faster than waiting for it to trip the main breaker.
Standing on a UK plug, is twice as bad as getting kicked in the nuts.