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Shower water heater

  1. May 1, 2005 #1
    we have heard of fatal electrocution from direct contact with "leaky" water heater.

    but can one get electrocuted without actually touching the short-circuited water heater parts?

    i mean, the shower head was on the wall and the person taking shower
    was sort of busy scrubbing himself. can the person be electrocuted from the stream of water alone?

    Water is a good conductor right?
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  3. May 1, 2005 #2


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    Water is a good conductor if it has other chemicals in it (which tap-water generally does). However, the piping in your house provides an enormous sink for electricity. Electricity always "chooses" the path of least resistance. It is unlikely that you'd be it.
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