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  • Landlord Resources

    Safety and gas/electric in kitchens

    I have just had a kitchen fitted and I am concerned that the distance between the hob and the cupboards at either side of the extractor hood are not a safe distance from it. The hob is gas powered. I am confident the gas hob is a safe distance from the extractor directly above it. I am also not sure if the power sockets are a safe distance away now from the hob and on the other side the sockets are a safe distance from the sink. There seems to be guidelines and conflicting info ie manufacturer recommended guidelines which in this vase I dont know so Im keen to know the MINIMUM distance. Does anyone know the actual facts or have a  website? Many thanks. Ps the person I used does a lot of maintenance for rental properties and has installed kitchens before but I have been very disappointed by the standard of workmanship/attention to detail.

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    Unless the Wiring Regulations have changed in the last four years since I retired there is unbelievably no minimum distances for kitchens. Personally, wherever possible, I always installed sockets six foot away from sinks. I don't see the problem with them being near the hob.

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    sorry I can't help you with the actual distance, however the regulations have changed .

    We upgraded our home electric cooker a few months ago so thought we would upgrade the gas hob , the engineer arrived to fit them but couldn't fit the gas hob as he said the over cupboards were not the legal distance clearance of the hob ... he explained that it was still legal to keep ours as it is ... but to change it we would need to move the cupboards which is not a option .

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    Thanks  bit a shame he didnt leave the previse info with you but appreciated nevertheless. Just makes my terror justified now ?

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    Having just updated my electrical qualifications to the latest 18th edition bs7671 i can still confim kitchens are not considered special locations !!  Building regulations however recommend  a distance of 300mm edges of sinks and  cookers where possible.



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    Hi its more like 25cm but if its a  recommendation only maybe ill be ok (im referring to the electrical socket from the gas hob and similar to the edge of drainer).

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    Ali - did you substantially alter the kitchen layout - or was it pretty much like for like - just with new units?

    If you had power points moved then that needed signing off by an NICEIC qualified electrician - along with new Earth Bonding.

    Location of power sockets is fine if over worktops (not overhanging gas hob) but for practicality should be say 150/200 mm above the work surface to avoid need to bend appliance flex too much.

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    Hi thank you all for your help. It was a complete refit along similar lines but oven was shunted along a bit. I am having a compliance gas/electric test done Monday by an impartial registered body so I guess Ill know for deffo then. Socket wasnt moved but the oven was shifted bit closer to it. Its about 20/25 cm away now the gas hob from the electric socket but the isolation socket has now been moved to under the worktop on an end panel very close to the oven housing? Was on the wall next to the double socket before. To be honest I can get the electric sockets moved worse case scenario as tiling not done. Its the cabinets at the side of the hob where I wondered if there was a precise measurement. Extractor to hob is 75cm but cant see same for cabinet measurement to the left and right of hob. Its actually 44cm to the bottom of the cornice trim and 50cm to the bottom of the cabinet. It would be really hard to remove the cornice though as attached to the end panels. My fitter forgot to put the end panels on originally which are 6 cms below the cabinets. Hope you've not lost the will to live reading this.He was supposed to be experienced. Its been another nightmare unfortunately.


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