Extractor fan right next to shower?

Is it safe to install an extractor fan (our bathroom has no window) right next to (it's about 1.5m away from the shower heed) our over-the-bath shower? I usually see the extractors further away from shower.

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Js plumbing and heating
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Yes but will need a fuse spur with trip switch
17th Aug 2016
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CM Prestige Heating & Plumbing Ltd
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1.5m is more than enough try get one with a built in humidifier because you have no window don't get a cheap one. You need something with voltage all depends on the size of the room.
3rd Jan 2016
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A.L Plumbing
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You can buy fan or fan lights that can be fitted in zone 1, above shower
1st Jan 2016
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simon wall plumbing and tiling
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You can install an extract unit above the shower area as long as it conforms to current code of regulations regarding installing in special locations.

Although the operating switch/cord must not be in the shower area.
Normally extract units are wired to come on with the bathroom lights, or they can be wired independent. In both cases, the extract unit must be on a fused spur, located outside the bathroom. If the extract is to have a pull cord, this can be installed in the room but away from shower area. If it to be installed on a switch, then it must be located outside the room.
29th Jan 2016
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Anthony Rose
142 Reviews, 96% Positive
There are new extractor fans on the market that are designed to not only be fitted within the shower zone area but also have a waterproof downlight inside the fan.

Important to make sure the product decription and regulations are read carefully and fitted to manufacturues requirements.
3rd Jan 2016
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Building Tigers
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Hello,

At the moment on the market is few fan what is suitable to fixing in the shower.
You should looking for shower light ans extractor fan kit.
This is generally rules regarding electrical items.

BS7671:2008 requires all electrical items in the bathroom to be RCD protected. A lot of the 230V fans are suitable for use in Zone 1 if they are RCD protected. Its unclear if your saying that the casing has been cut in some way at the top to allow the cable to enter the fan? if so then this will need to be sealed with silicone or similar if there is a gap of 1mm or bigger. IP45 is not a splashproof rating so the casing only needs to prevent access to live parts from human fingers and small diameter objects being pushed through small gaps.

briefly explained, as can their effect on the type of extractor fans which can be used.

Zone 0

◾Zone 0 for a bathroom is the area inside the bath.
◾Zone 0 for a shower room is the area inside the shower basin. If there is no shower basin, zone 0 is 10cm high from the finished floor level and extends to 1.2m around the fixed shower head.
◾It is not practical to mount extractor fans in zone 0.
Zone 1

◾Zone 1 for a bathroom is the same width as zone 0 (the width of the bath) extending to 2.25m above the finished floor level.
◾Zone 1 for a shower room is 2.25m from the finished floor level or the height of the fixed shower head from the finished floor level if more than 2.25m, and the width of the shower basin. If the shower has no basin then zone 1 extends to 1.2m around the fixed shower head.
◾Zone 1 does not include zone 0.
◾The space under the bath tub or shower basin is considered to be zone 1. However, if the space under the bath or shower basin is only accessible with a tool, it is considered to be outside the zones.
◾Extractor fans installed within zone 1 must be at least IPX4.
◾Extractor fans installed within zone 1 must be fitted with 12v SELV motors with the SELV transformers and isolators fitted outside of zone 0, 1 & 2.

Zone 2

◾Zone 2 for a bathroom is the same height as zone 1 (2.25m) extended to 0.6m around the bath.
◾Zone 2 for a shower room is the same height as zone 1 extended to 0.6m around the shower basin. If there is no shower basin zone 2 is replaced by zone 1 extended to 1.2m around the fixed shower head.
◾Extractor fans installed within zone 2 must be at least IPX4.
◾Extractor fans installed within zone 2 must be fitted with 12v SELV motors with the SELV transformers and isolators fitted outside of zone 0, 1 & 2.

The extent of the zones in a bath or shower room can be limited by floors, ceilings and walls. For more detailed information see BS 7671 diagrams 701.1 & 701.2. Any electrical equipment installed on the surface of floors, ceilings and walls that limit a zone is subject to the requirements of that zone.

RCDs are required for all circuits in locations that contain a bath or shower. The requirements for local supplementary bonding have been relaxed if certain conditions are met.

Regards Agnes from Building Tiger
2nd Apr 2016
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bigoakbuilding & handyman services
8 Reviews, 75% Positive
It's fine as long as it's zone 1 , it should say on the box / manual / that actually do an above shower extractor that includes a light , being immediately above it has the advantage of faster clearance the water moisture
11th Mar 2016
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MultiFM Limited
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It all depends on the rating and design of the extractor fan. Some fans are designed to be installed directly in the shower area others are further away. Its best if unsure to ask a professional.
23rd Feb 2016
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Plumbing world
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Hello , it's really not too safe it should be away from the shower because of the water might be touching the fan extractor and that is not good , so what exactly you wanna do

Regards ,,,
15th Jan 2017
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trr bathrooms
26 Reviews, 100% Positive
As long as the fan is iphone rated for a stone 1 area it's fine
Andy
7th Feb 2016
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Alex Alexiev
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Yes, it is safe to install an extractor fan on 1.5m away from the shower.
17th Apr 2016
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It is okay as long as the fan is installed properly and it is a bathroom one.
25th Apr 2016
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fans can be mounted in the ceiling or in the wall are devices designed to work in conditions that are in the bath are devices that do not require support if they are connected properly they are safe. Regards
5th Jan 2017
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OSM Building Contractors
13 Reviews, 85% Positive
unless you have 12volt fan , keep well away from shower.
as long as fan is at the highest part of ceiling it will remove all steam /moisture from room
5th Jul 2016
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Edge Homes Construction
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It is safe as long as its installed correctly ( Fused Switch Should be installed usually Top of bathroom entrance door)
1st Sep 2016
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Exsternal electric exstrctor needs to be 60cm away from bath.if not you can use low voltage exstractor.if you have loft above you can fit an inline exstrctor and place your vent above shower.
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