I recently moved into a unit of a 4 plex in Ontario, Canada. This thing scares me:
Is an electrical outlet allowed to be above the sink like that? Was it ever allowed? It it something that absolutely must be fixed, or something that is grandfathered in because it's old, and allowed to stay until work is being done on it? Am I worrying over nothing, or risking my life to wash the dishes?
Some important facts:
- It's clearly not a GFCI outlet. Nor are there any other GFCI outlets in the kitchen. I think this may have been installed before those were required?
- It's a split outlet, with 3 wires going back to a double breaker. This is I believe required in kitchen circuits here.
- The breaker is not a GFCI breaker. The electrical panel is an FPL Stab-lok, the sticker on it says it was inspected in 1987.
- I haven't pulled out the outlet to confirm, but I'm pretty sure this outlet feeds the rest of the outlets in the kitchen, so simply disconnecting it and leaving the box dead isn't an (easy) option.
How would one go about fixing this? I'm just a tenant, so I need to either have the landlord fix it, or get permission to do it myself first. But in either case, I want to know what should be done.
Some things I've thought of:
- Weatherproof cover like outdoor outlets have? I'm sure that doesn't meet any sort of code, and still isn't safe, but would it be safer? It's something I can do in 5 minutes without permission until a real fix could be done.
- Replace with GFCI outlet. Do GFCI outlets even exist for split outlets?
- Remove the outlet, cover with blank face panel - but it would still be live, and not exactly water proof. You can't just tile over a live junction box.
- Replace the breaker with a GFCI breaker. I know there are 20amp ones, not sure about 15 amp ones. I do know they are stupidly expensive, and something I'd have to convince the landlord to do. I'd be perfectly comfortable doing it myself - but I sure don't want to foot the bill for that breaker.