And in many locations, ordinary homes which are built after a certain date have the light switch outside the bathroom, and those where the bathroom doesn’t have a window and is, again, built after a certain date, have lower ceilings in the bathroom.
Hotels often are renovated to code more frequently than houses, and have more stringent codes. They are also more likely to have windowless bathrooms than houses of the same age.
Hmm… I’m not sure about the ceiling, but my bathroom (in my apartment) has the light switch outside the door, out in the hall. I never thought about it in terms of a water and electric shock thing before.
I assume that is talking about an electric water heater located near the shower. A lot of places in Europe, of you want a hot shower you have to switch on the heater 20 minutes ahead of time to let it heat up some water.
Not necessarily. All the flats I’ve lived in in London have had instant electric showers, which aren’t linked to the main hot water storage tank that’s heated by gas. I’m not sure what the reasoning for this is (the hot water tap in the sink and the bathtub are both filled from the boiler) but there are clearly a lot of houses that heat up water for showers on demand. No one from the UK who has ever stayed with me has expressed any surprise at this type of shower.
And yes, there’s a hanging cord switch for the light as well as the master switch for the shower. The shower heater itself has a button that switches it on.
At 6’5", I’m tall but not freakishly tall like a basketball player. I’ve stayed in several hotels/motels (and a LOT of motor homes) where I couldn’t even stand up straight in the shower because the ceiling in there was so low. I’ve resigned myself to getting down on my knees to shampoo my hair in many hotels.
Every time I have to use one of those I wonder when I’m going to get electrocuted.
I travelled by ferry between Finland and Sweden the other day and noticed that there was a sign by the outlet for electrical razors warning me in Swedish, Finnish and English not to use it while taking a shower.