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Stay Safe In The Bathroom: IP Rating And Bathroom Zones Guide

Published January 19, 2017 by Katherine in Health and Wellbeing

  • In this guide we’ll explain some of the most prevalent IP ratings and provide safety tips for using electrical equipment in bathrooms. You’ll also find some helpful advice on bathroom zones in the UK. In the meantime, if you haven’t had chance to view our high quality waterproof televisions yet (all of which are IP rated 65) what are you waiting for?

    A Beginner’s Guide To IP Waterproof Ratings

    According to the latest government statistics, 37% of all accidental dwelling fires (that’s fires in houses, maisonettes, flats and business premises that share an electricity supply with dwellings) in the UK were caused by ‘misuse of equipment or appliances’. Whilst all of these fires didn’t start in the bathroom, it’s no secret that many people risk using portable electrical devices (such as smart phones, hair straighteners and radios) in shower rooms and bathrooms.

     

    We’ve all experienced a small, tingling electric shock before, but an electric shock in the bathroom is far more dangerous, as it can result in serious burns or even a fatality. This is because wet skin reduces the body’s resistance to an electric current. Bringing electronic devices into the bathroom is also a fire hazard (which we’re sure you already know!).

    With this information in mind, remember to keep electrical equipment out of the bathroom (unless it has a suitable IP rating and is properly installed). You and your family’s safety is far more important, and when there are affordable, safer alternatives – such as waterproof TVs and Bluetooth bathroom speakers – it doesn’t make sense to risk your safety and damage expensive electrical goods by exposing them to water.

    Have a browse at our high quality tvs for bathrooms, designed to enable you to enjoy a world of entertainment in the bath or shower.

    So what does IP rated mean?

    IP is an acronym for ‘International Protection’, but it is more widely known as ‘Ingress Protection’. It refers to a set of ratings put forward by the International standard EN 60529 (British BS EN 60529:1992, European IEC 60509:1989). These ratings are designed to provide a reliable standard for determining how protected an enclosure is against the intrusion of solid objects (including hands and fingers), dust, and water in electrical enclosures.

    Many electrical product packaging will display an IP rating, as it provides consumers and retailers with a more thorough description than just ‘waterproof’, which is so vague it could be dangerously construed as 100% waterproof.

    IP Rating Chart

    The first number after ‘IP’ (from 0 to 6) informs buyers of a product’s resistance to dust and other solid objects.

    First NumberLevel of Protection
    0 (Sometimes X)No protection
    1Protected against solid objects up to 50mm2
    2Protected against solid objects up to 12.5mm2
    3Protected against solid objects up to 2.5mm2
    4Protected against solid objects up to 1mm2
    5Dust protected
    6Completely dust tight

    The second number (from 0 to 8) informs you of how water resistant a product is.

    Second NumberLevel of Water Protection
    0 (Sometimes X)No protection
    1Limited water drop protection
    2Protected against water drops up to 15°
    3Protected against direct sprays of water up to 60°
    4Protection against water splashed from all directions
    5Protected against low pressure jets of water from all directions
    6Protected against powerful jets of water or heavy seas
    7Protected against the effect of immersion - between 15cm and 1m for 30 minutes
    8Protected against long periods of immersion under pressure - user stated requirement

    Our range of bathroom televisions from Watervue, Techvision, and Tilevision all carry an IP65 waterproof rating, meaning they’re completely dust tight and are protected against low pressure water jets from all angles, making them ideal for bathrooms! Read on to find out more about zones in the bathroom and where they can be safely installed.

    Identifying Bathroom Zones

    We all know that water and electricity is a deadly combination, and yet so many of us take our phones into the bathroom (some even take in larger electronic devices), where water is literally everywhere! No matter whether you’re taking a bath or a shower, having electrical equipment in the bathroom is a huge safety risk, and it’s also a surefire way to decrease the life of your phone, tablet and other valuable device.

    zones in the bathroom diagram

     

    Thankfully, bathroom TVs and other waterproof electrical equipment provide an excellent solution, but you should be aware of different zones in the bathroom before you consider installing anything. Please see our bathroom zones UK guide below for more information.

     

    Bathroom Zone Bathroom AreaIP Ratings
    Zone 0The interior of the bathtub and showerMin IPX7
    Zone 1Area immediately above bath or shower trayMin IPX5
    Zone 2Within 0.6mm of the outside edge of the bath or showerMin IPX5
    Zone 3Anywhere outside bathroom zones 0, 1 and 2Non required, unless where water jets are likely to be used; in this case, a minimum of IPX5 is required.

    Bathroom TV: Giving You Peace Of Mind 

    The safety of you and your family is of the utmost importance to us, which is why all of our waterproof TV are rated IP65. This means they can be used safely in bathroom zone 1, 2 and 3. It is strongly recommended that you employ an electrical installer who is registered with one of the government-approved schemes to carry out any electrical installation.

    If you would like further information on the IP ratings of our products, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our customer service team. Call now on 01777 322003, or email us at sales@bathroomtv.co.uk.

     

     

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