Electrocution In The Bath
Posted on 2012-04-04
You've seen it in various crime/thriller movies/episodes. Someone is sitting in the bath and a hair drier or radio falls or is pushed into the bath. After an exhibition of smoke/steam the bather dies!
Am I correct in assuming that this is rubbish and that the bather will feel nothing. The fuse and/or the elcb/rcd device will cut the supply.
Even if the supply is not cut, the current cannot flow through the bather .... it will go through the water to the metal of the plughole (which should be earthed). The bather will feel nothing.
Even if there is no metal plughole, the electricity cannot flow through the bather unless he/she touches a tap(faucet).
I haven't been quite confident enough in my beliefs to test this in the bath .... not yet anyway ....