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Q. Can I install a panelboard in a bathroom or closet?

A. Overcurrent devices must not be located near easily ignitable material, such as in clothes closets [240.24 (D)]. The reason for keeping overcurrent devices away from easily ignitable material is to prevent fires, not to keep them out of clothes closets. Overcurrent devices must not be located in the bathrooms of dwelling units, or guest rooms or guest suites of hotels or motels [240.24 (E)]. The service disconnecting means must not be located in a bathroom, even in commercial or industrial facilities [230.70(A)(2)].

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