Off Topic Messages

Electrocution

Thu Aug 18, 2005 6:44 pm

After having a scary false alarm, a question arose with me.

I realize the importance of not touching a person that is electrocuting, and staying out of the water...but....

I have also heard of instances were people were electrocuted by trying to unplug the problem from the recepticle that caused the problem.

After googling, I really wonder what the best course of action is. I would assume cut the power at the breaker, but most times that is not easy. So is pulling the plug the best option? With it being insulated, my rationale is yes. CPR should follow, but I honestly am at a stand still because I have heard many versions.

Thu Aug 18, 2005 6:46 pm

If at all possible, knock the plug out with a non-conducting material, such as wood.

Tom

Thu Aug 18, 2005 6:49 pm

Good point!

Boy muh educashun shur payd uff!

Thu Aug 18, 2005 7:12 pm

I'd say this guy needs a refresher course:

Image

Tom

Thu Aug 18, 2005 7:23 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Oh god.....where is that LMFAO emoticon!

Thu Aug 18, 2005 7:47 pm

The scary thing is that the pic is real. It's off an OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) website.

Tom

Thu Aug 18, 2005 7:57 pm

If I ever went to the site that I was told to go to, I would have already seen that. lol

Fri Aug 19, 2005 9:32 am

Tom in North Carolina wrote:The scary thing is that the pic is real. It's off an OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) website.


In all fairness, they say that this guy has a beautiful headstone.

Fri Aug 19, 2005 11:26 am

Speaking as an electrician, I would unplug the offending appliance from the wall outlet (unless of course a suitable insulated object was close at hand, as every second is important)....... it would be very unlikely (not impossible) that you would be zapped as both the plug and lead are double insulated, unless of course you were standing in some sort of liquid.

All care no responsibilty accepted by................... :)

Fri Aug 19, 2005 3:01 pm

The person in the background (is that a bar?) doesn't seem to worry too much about the situation either.

Fri Aug 19, 2005 4:05 pm

Larry Dickman. wrote:Speaking as an electrician, I would unplug the offending appliance from the wall outlet (unless of course a suitable insulated object was close at hand, as every second is important)....... it would be very unlikely (not impossible) that you would be zapped as both the plug and lead are double insulated, unless of course you were standing in some sort of liquid.

All care no responsibilty accepted by................... :)


Thank you for that. How acceptable is GFCI protection? I didn't realize we had it.

Sat Aug 20, 2005 5:48 am

GFCI is good, but RCD (residual current device) is a better option......GFCI detects fault currents on the earth circuit where as RCD detects a differencial in the active and neutral circuits (the currnt in both should always be the same)

Sat Aug 20, 2005 5:00 pm

Thank you. This has all been helpful.