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The Danger Of Water And Electricity

Aug 4, 2008
Everywhere we look in our homes we will find electric appliances of all kinds. We need so many of them to help us function more easily when carrying out our daily lives. Many of these electrical items can be found in our kitchens and some in our bathrooms. We use these rooms and the things in them on a daily basis and usually do not give much thought to any danger we could be in if these electrical things come in contact with water.

People are electrocuted by appliances more often than you might think. Many times we may only receive a mild to moderate shock, but even death by electrocution is known to happen. When we have small electrical appliances in the bathroom and large and small ones in the kitchen, it is important that we use them with some precaution to ensure they do not come in contact with water directly.

One mistake that people make in the kitchen can be when cleaning electrical items. Things like toasters, microwaves, blenders, can openers, electric pans, food processors, and any other such thing should always be unplugged before you attempt to clean them.
Even wiping them down with a damp cloth could be hazardous. Electric stoves usually have to be wiped down each time they are used. If you can, you should unplug this as well before any extensive cleaning.

One way to avoid some shocks from appliances is to make sure that the cords you plug them in with are in good condition. They should never have any place on the cord where naked wires are showing through. If the cord were to come in contact with water for some reason, it can short out and ruin the appliance. If you touch the cord it could kill you or at the very least shock you into having it repaired.

In the bathroom, electric items like curing irons, blow dryers, electric razors, and toothbrushes should always be unplugged. If you have small children in the home these items are best stored up and out of reach. Curious kids might plug them in just because they can and accidents happen in the bathroom all too easily. Many people have died because of dropping an item like those mentioned into the bathtub or even into the toilet.

Small appliances might look harmless most of the time and they usually are when we use them correctly and give them the respect they deserve especially if they are any where near a any water.
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