Is it permissible to provide NEMA 5-15R or NEMA 5-20R outlets in lockers that can be locked by the user?
If so or if not, can you cite the articles in NFPA 70 to support your statement?
Not into NEC, but I see lockers with plugs, and they are sold on the internet,
So if it does not say in NEC that you cannot, than it is allowed.
There is no code article in the NEC that prohibits the installation of receptacles in lockers. However there are codes in the NEC for how the outlet box and receptacle have to be installed. Article 314.15 would apply to the outlet box if it was a damp or wet location. Articles 314.19, 314.20, 314.21, and 314.22 cover flush-mounted outlet box installations. Article 406.4 covers the general installation requirements for receptacles. Article 406.5 covers how the receptacle is mounted to the outlet box. Finally, if the receptacle would be in a damp or wet location Article 406.9 would apply as well.
Not to mention required GFCI protection. I think we need to know more about the location, in order to answer. Is this a commercial building? Is it a locker room that has associated showering facilities? Is it some other type of building?
Or worse yet, is it a "locker" in a bulk storage plant? Article 515 also speaks to "lockers" and describes these locations as Division 2 locations. So I think we need more to go on here. I'm not saying that you are one of those people who writes the question in order to generate the answer that you are seeking, but one never knows...in this forum.
I am the original poster and want to provide some additional information.
It seems that putting an outlet in a locker that can be locked by the user and a device plugged into that device has a thermal event isn't a very good idea but I don't find anything in the code that prohibits or discourages it.
I'm not asking if the outlet needs to be GFCI or AFCI rated. I understand that is determined by the location.
The type of locker I am talking about may be a locker in a space for a worker to store items because they don't have a permanent work space. It could be a student locker in the hallway of a school. It could be a locker inside a university athletic locker room. I don't believe the location matters if one is permitted. It would determine which type of outlet (GFCI, AFCI, etc.) is required if it is allowed.
Thanks for the info.
Sounds like a possible fire code issue. I'm not sure it would fit into NEC. What section to you feel warrants it?
The way you are wording your inquiry suggests to me that you are looking at this as a product marketing question. I suggest you inquire with U/L or a similar agency (if the receptacles are pre-installed in the lockers). The NEC has no restrictions on receptacle outlets in clothes closets, pantries, and similar comparable spaces. In comparison, the NEC has well thought-out restrictions on lighting outlets in closets and similar spaces.
If the receptacles are installed "after market" then the restrictions mentioned by others are important. If they are installed as part of a marketed product, then you would have to look at access for connection to power and repairs. Consider the approach used in open office partitions.
Original poster, again. Thanks to everyone for their responses.
Nick, you asked what section I felt would warrant my concern. I couldn't find anything specific, but sections like 400.12 (5) Flexible Cords, Uses Not Permitted, "Where concealed by walls, floors, ceilings or located about suspended or drop ceilings."
I realize a locker is not a wall but at the same time, a locked door is no more accessible than a wall or floor.
My company produces products that some of our customers would like to use in lockers and they are asking us if that is permitted. I want to make sure I provide a good answer for them.
My opinion is that it isn't an NEC question. It's more of a Fire Code question. There may be something in the fire codes to prevent it.
Also in addition to the fire codes, a school district may even have rules or even ordinances to prohibit something like that.
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