"They're illegal. Apparently it's the only way to prevent Brits from making toast while in the bath."
I actually couldn't tell if she was kidding, so I looked it up...and it's actually true! No regular electrical outlet can be placed within a certain distance of the bathtub/shower, and the distance is long enough that pretty much the whole bathroom is usually covered. Special outlets for shavers, as pictured here (I took this at an inn, we don't have one), are allowed. A normal UK plug doesn't fit into these outlets.
This really is a safety measure to prevent electrocution, but wow. It's just completely new to me. In Germany we had the washer plugged in in the bathroom! I guess that's why the washers are usually in the kitchen here. Anyway, this is kind of a pain because we have to keep the electric toothbrush and shaver charging in the guest room instead of the bathroom, which is less than ideal. When guests come we'll have to move them to our bedroom (no problem, just further away).
Well, I feel very safe from electrocution. There must be a special fear about electrical hazards here, kind of like the US with fire hazards. All our outlets have on/off switches on them. Also you can buy these things that plug into outlets and I have no idea what they do, they just look like a plug adaptor but with no place to plug anything in. Also something safety related?