Why are water and electricity a deadly combination?

Baths salts would make using that electric shaver in the tub even riskier…

24th November 2017
Why are water and electricity a deadly combination? © Getty

Asked by: Ashley Martin, Hampshire

Water itself doesn’t conduct electricity particularly well, it’s the chemicals dissolved in it that are the source of the trouble. For example, the salt content of seawater makes it a million times better at conducting electricity than ultra-pure water. Even so, even a trace of water can prove fatal with high voltages. People have been killed thinking they can move live cables using a freshly broken tree branch.

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