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dreamdoctor

Cabinet lady - many electric inspectors recommend (rightly so) not putting the outlets on the side of the island as children have been known to grab the cord and pull to see what it is and they pull what ever it is on top of them which could be a crock/fondue pot or similar. Something to keep in mind when planning.

   
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The Cabinet Lady, Inc.

dreamdoctor - That issue may occur. But if the building code requires it, then it has to be done. I think it is better to teach your children not to pull on cords, then to have people trip on extension cords running across the floor.

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I just said not to have have outlets on the sides of the island with cords accessible to children - there are pop ups, monuments, hanging cord options etc. Better to plan for all possibilities as is possible - other people have children also. My sworn duty is to the health, safety and welfare of the public so I would not recommend outlets on the side of the cabinets becasue of the potential disastrous results. The code official follows, interprets and ultimately makes/determines code and directs the other inspectors to make safety conscious decisions regardless of the letter of the law - they enforce the spirit of the law/code which is safety first.There are now many aesthetic/residential options for outlets on islands where in the past it was usually a power strip or duplex on the side of the cabinet below the counter top. I do all I can not to include "time bombs" in my projects.

This is why when the client says the inspector approved something I ask if the code official had signed off on it - the ultimate, unquestionable authority (good or bad). They last here on average about five years - until the make the wrong people mad. Like architects they can get the god complex which can be frustrating for the utilitarian/functional/logical practitioner/client.

   

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