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Old Oct 3, 2015, 05:15 PM   #1
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Default Winter is coming! - Bathroom Space Heater - Is ALCI 100% reliable?

So I've been looking into getting an space heater for the bathroom since it is starting to get a bit chilly around here. I am concerned about any possible hazard and I was looking into this sucker:

http://www.amazon.com/Holmes-Heater-.../dp/B005J2L9KY

So if I understand correctly this thing will automatically shut down if there is even a hint of a variation in the current?

For instance, if water falls on the device, or plug connector, or there is a cut in the cable and water falls on it, etc, etc it will automatically shut down? Or if I am very stupid and grab the plug with wet hands when I unplug it, will it still shut off?

I am almost certain the answer to all of these questions is yes, but I am a bit paranoid.
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Old Oct 3, 2015, 07:50 PM   #2
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It will help but I would make sure you have GFCI outlets in the bathroom as well.
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Don't ever rely on it, but it is safer than nothing and using a GFCI (which is probably integrated into your bathroom outlets because it's been in most electrical codes for quite a while) will be more helpful. They're fairly simple mechanisms, but the reaction time of an ALCI can be as much as half a second, so it won't stop a shock, but it will stop a prolonged shock that locks up your muscles to prevent you from stopping it.


Make sure it's well mounted in an out of the way place and that it doesn't get messed with or watered and then have the piece of mind a couple of safety features can offer if those things somehow happen.


And what the ALCI is sensing is if the current returning from the device differs from the current going in - so if it's going to the earth ground of the device for a short or going to ground through you or some water or something, then it will trip through a mechanical mechanism.
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Don't ever rely on it, but it is safer than nothing and using a GFCI (which is probably integrated into your bathroom outlets because it's been in most electrical codes for quite a while) will be more helpful. They're fairly simple mechanisms, but the reaction time of an ALCI can be as much as half a second, so it won't stop a shock, but it will stop a prolonged shock that locks up your muscles to prevent you from stopping it.


Make sure it's well mounted in an out of the way place and that it doesn't get messed with or watered and then have the piece of mind a couple of safety features can offer if those things somehow happen.


And what the ALCI is sensing is if the current returning from the device differs from the current going in - so if it's going to the earth ground of the device for a short or going to ground through you or some water or something, then it will trip through a mechanical mechanism.
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It will help but I would make sure you have GFCI outlets in the bathroom as well.
Don't think I have GFCI outlets.
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A lot of built in ones are actually GFCI breakers, so you wouldn't have any indicator of them on the outlet itself, but look slightly different from your standard breaker in the box - they've got a test button.
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