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celestina89

National Electric Building Code says: NEC 210–52 Generally, receptacle outlets in habitable rooms shall be installed so that no point along the floor line (measured horizontally) in any wall space is more than 6 feet from an outlet in that space. An outlet shall be installed in each wall space 2 feet or more in width.

National Electric Code also states: In dwelling units, not less than one 15A or 20A, 125V receptacle outlet must be installed within 3 ft from the outside edge of each bathroom basin [210.52(D)]. The receptacle outlet must be located on a wall or partition adjacent to the basin counter surface, or on the side or face of the basin cabinet not more than 12 in. below the countertop [210.11(C)(3)]. One receptacle outlet can be located between two basins to meet the requirement, but only if the receptacle outlet is located within 3 ft of the outside edge of each basin. The bathroom receptacles must be GFCI-protected [210.8(A)(1)].

It also is the same for a kitchen. Examples are an outlet in a cabinet that someone uses for a microwave or lighting which are closed. So, outlets most definitely can be located on a wall behind a drawer with connection to a plug in within the drawer as long as it has GFCI protection and within certain footage requirements.

Now, your state, county, village may disagree with outlets within cabinets with connection to a plug in and so prohibit it. However, I could not find an exception in my county nor state (I'm rural) which goes by the NEC and/or State recommendations.

BTW, docking drawer outlets have been installed in homes, condos, hotels, sports arenas, labs and even yachts in all 50 states. However, that said, a power strip within a drawer or closed cabinet would not pass inspection nor comply with building codes as they are unsafe and untested regarding the safety of a strip in closed confines. It's the DIY'ers that generally don't realize the complexity of a docking drawer which includes limited amps, thermostat to cut power, and space requirements.

And yes, I looked it up for my own information since I'll be putting one (my licensed electrician will). Now, you don't have to answer my question asking for a link. :)

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Michaela Wooldridge

In Canada, to have any outlet in an enclosed space (drawer, appliance garage, etc.), we must have a mechanism that "de-electrifies" the outlet when the compartment is closed. So charging our electronics in a drawer for example could only happen if the drawer is left fully open, somewhat defeating the purpose of hiding it.

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celestina89

@Michaela Wooldridge: Interesting about Canada. Does Canada require thermostat regulations to prevent fire, high heat or burnout/explosion? It shuts off electric automatically when temps inside a drawer or cabinet reach a certain level. Example: Hair dryer in a designated slot gets its switch turned on accidentally as it brushed up against the edges. Homeowner never noticed as the drawer was closed immediately. I do believe the report said it was on low speed so noise wouldn't be really noticeable, especially if there was music or kids or people talking in the bath. Anyway, she left the house and the drawer heated up. An aerosol spray can was in the drawer (probably hairspray) and the high temps with no ventilation caused an explosion which destroyed the vanity, sink and toilet next to the vanity. There was no thermostat control.

   

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