Electrical Question

Do sockets in kitchen need switches?

I heard about the sockets in a kitchen must have switches according to the regulation. I would like to know whether it is required.
Thanks a lot!

4 Answers

Best Answer

Hi. If the socket is above the worktop then it does not need to be switched (although I would always have one). However, if the socket is inaccessible e.g. behind a fridge etc then there needs to be a separate accessible isolating switch so in the event of a fire etc the appliance can be isolated without having to move the fridge, washing machine etc.
I hope this helps,
Regards Richard

Answered 12th Jul 2011

R Hawkes Electrical Services

Member since 7 Jul 2011

Any socket installed is best to be switched as to prevent arcing when the plug is inserted under load.

In brief, If reference is being made to sockets in kitchens where appliances are pluged into, then the answer is they must be supplied via a switch (20a double pole, or 13a switched fused spur) as to offer emergency isolation if required. You'll need to beable to turn off the socket without having to pull out washing machines or remove panels.

Hope this helps

Answered 12th Jul 2011

Stonewood Services

Member since 3 Dec 2007


Answered 12th Jul 2011

Evergreen Electrical Ltd

Member since 27 Jul 2009

all sockets should have means of isolation for fixed appliances, so the answer should be yes a switched socket is required.

Answered 12th Jul 2011

ABS Plumbing & Electrical ltd

Member since 14 Jan 2009

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