Electrocution by appliances in the bathroom
Asked by: hlg111-ga
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15 Jun 2006 11:42 PDT
Expires: 15 Jul 2006 11:42 PDT
Question ID: 738460
I'd like an estimate for the annual number of deaths in the U.S. due to people being shocked when an electrical appliance falls into the sink/tub/shower.
Re: Electrocution by appliances in the bathroom
Answered By: bobbie7-ga on 15 Jun 2006 12:27 PDT
hlg111, The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission , there are approximately 4 deaths per year caused by hand-held hair dryers falling or being pulled into water. Newer Hair Dryers Prevent Electrocutions ?In the early 1980's an average of 18 electrocutions each year were caused by hand-held hair dryers falling or being pulled into water. That number has fallen to approximately 4 deaths per year since the voluntary standard to prevent electrocution went into effect.? Consumer Product Safety Commission http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/5037.html 95 BATHTUB ELECTROCUTIONS FROM 1979 TO 1982 REPORTED http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9500E4D61538F934A2575BC0A962948260 ?CPSC knows of seven electrocution deaths since 1985 in which electric heaters fell into bathtubs and killed people.? http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/5038.html EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1,1991, all hair dryers must have a "Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter" to prevent electrocution in the "on" or "off" position. Older hair dryers can cause electrocution if dropped into water http://www.productsafety.com/truestories/true_stories12.html The Consumer Product Safety Commission provides a detailed table the number of Electrocutions by Types of Consumer Products in the United States. See table 2 Download here: http://www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/foia05/os/electrocutions2001.pdf Search terms: Electrocutions bathroom OR bath hairdryers Deaths fatalities United States I hope the information provided is helpful! Best regards, Bobbie7
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