How close to sockets can metal be please?

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  1. pjo123

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    Hi all

    Have sockets on my kitchen wall, I know the cable runs down from them all so nothing above them.

    I want to fit metal bars across the wall like these

    http://www.no29design.com/2013/01/the-newly-uncluttered-kitchen-counter.html

    Obviously nothing will be hung over the sockets, but is there any danger of any arcing from something plugged in, to the bar if it's placed above a UK socket about as close as in the 4th pic down in the above link please (mine are stainless steel) .or am I being over paranoid?

    Many thanks
     
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    With BS1363 UK socket outlets - no danger, since they all contain shutters over the socket holes.

    With those vile USA type receptacles - anything could happen.
     
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