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If not already, your mixing station and all plugs in the room
should be protected by a GFCI. If your RO unit springs a leak
it most certainly could short out in a socket or power strip.
A water line can spring a leak and ruin the whole house, so believe me
when I say it could hit an outlet within several feet.

Last night my brute lid, dripped condensation into the heater
plug in a surge protector on the floor...a big black plume ensued
the lights dimmed and flickered in the houseand the surge protector
did not see a surge coming into it fromthe outlet. The surge protector still has a GFCI built into it and it did not trip. My breaker did not trip, but may have after a fire started and most very fortunately, I was home.

I thought code would have the laundry room outlet downstream of a
GFCI, but it is not in my home. Maybe GFCI does not interrupt when water
shorts it out. Mine did not. In fact I smelled it faintly before I went outside
and as quick as I went out and emptied the garbage, it took off, and I'm
sure a fire would have been on my hands and lost it all had I not been there.

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I'm an electrician and, at least in new Hampshire, with all the other places GFCI protection is required in houses these days (bathrooms garages kitchens unfinished basements outside) I always wondered why laundry areas weren't included. If you're plug strip was protected by a properly functioning GFCI device then it definitely should've tripped. That's what they're for is things getting wet. If your plug strip is GFCI protected and didn't trip from that you should definitely consider replacing it as its not functioning properly. It seems like every time I see a GFCI malfunction and it gets wet or something you get the smoke or a burning arching noise. Most times though they don't work afterwards.
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