I want to install a pop up usb charger on the kitchen island, my electrician is saying it’s not allowed on the kitchen island. Is it correct?

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Posted by: from Ottawa
11/13/2022 at 1:17:18 PM

I want to install the following product on the kitchen island. My electrician is saying it's not allowed by Ottawa city code. Is it correct?

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Date/Time11/13/2022 at 4:18:43 PM

It is an electrical device with 120V supply so technically it must meet Canadian code, some pop-up models or ones built into a GFI plug etc. are made for this application and it is legal if meets "Canadian" standards! However if you are not pulling permit do what you want and use common sense!, do not install near the sink etc., do not recess it or use a flush mount outlet as water can get into it and possibly cause a short but pretty unlikely, better safe than sorry!

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Date/Time11/13/2022 at 9:31:05 PM

Hello Sunil,

There are few codes that have to fulfill in order to make this popuo receptacle allowed to be installed in the kitchen island.

1. How far is the proposed location from the sink? The pop up receptacle is non GFCi protected so it could not be allowed to be installed with in 1.5 m radius feom the sink. It could be allowed but the electrician has to install a GFCI protection.

2. The up to code rule for kitchen island, the receptacle should be 20A rated or 15A split receptacle. Since the pop up receptacle is rated 15A, it should be capable to be spilt receptacle.

I hope these information could help you understand the restrictions on having a pop up receptacle on your island.

Froilan Florendo

Supeeb Electric

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