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Several times I have seen the spa tubs with a double sided gas fireplace almost at the edge of a spa (jacuzzi like) tub. Under the fireplace, where the controls are, is an outlet for the blower. Access to this outlet requires no tools. IRC 2006 E4.103.4.4 says that lights, fans, outlets must be at least 5 feet. The distance becomes greater for luminairs within 7.5 feet.

So, shouldn't this mean that to a gas fireplace with accessible electric service must meet the distances (5 to 7 feet) or be controlled by a gfci device?

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Originally posted by InspktorJim

Several times I have seen the spa tubs with a double sided gas fireplace almost at the edge of a spa (jacuzzi like) tub. Under the fireplace, where the controls are, is an outlet for the blower. Access to this outlet requires no tools. IRC 2006 E4.103.4.4 says that lights, fans, outlets must be at least 5 feet. The distance becomes greater for luminairs within 7.5 feet.

So, shouldn't this mean that to a gas fireplace with accessible electric service must meet the distances (5 to 7 feet) or be controlled by a gfci device?

Yes. Receptacles within 5 feet of those tubs are supposed to be GFCI protected. But then all bathroom receptacles are supposed to be GFCI protected anyway. So if the receptacle were more than 5 feet from the tub, but in the bathroom, it'd still need GFCI protection.

BTW, your reference is wrong. Jacuzzi is a manufacturer. I suspect that the plumbing fixture you're talking about is what the code calls a "hydromassage bathtub," not a "spa or hot tub." There are different rules for each. Check out the definitions at the beginning of the swimming pool section.

E4103.4.4 doesn't apply to hydromassage baths. Try looking in E4109.

Better yet, chuck the IRC when dealing with electrical issues and go directly to the NEC. It's the horse's mouth.

- Jim Katen, Oregon

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