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Electrical Safety in the home

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PigletJohn Wed 26-Sep-12 11:02:30

Is this of interest?

also one for grownups

WowOoo Wed 26-Sep-12 11:04:50

Very useful.Thanks!

Ds was doing some homework on electrical safety last night. He got about 50% wrong and seems to think a dripping tap constitutes a fire hazard.

WowOoo Wed 26-Sep-12 11:13:59

Have checked his homework - he has explained that if the plug is in, the whole bathroom and then the house could flood and if water reaches a plug it can cause a fire. Some logic there actually.

We'll look at that website later.

PigletJohn Wed 26-Sep-12 14:05:33


modern electrical installations have RCDs which would cut the supply in the event of water getting onto connections, and I have great doubts about being able to start a fire that way. When substations get wet, after draining, they often turn the power on momentarily to boil it off the switches (best not tell your son that). But water leakage is a common cause of breakers tripping, and in an older installation can cause shocks, especially if you touch earthed metal such as a tap, pipe or electrical appliance at the same time.

Springforward Wed 26-Sep-12 19:50:25

Like it very much - thank you!

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