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Why are water and electricity a deadly combination?

Why are water and electricity a deadly combination?

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

Asked by: Ashley Martin, Hampshire

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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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Robert is a science writer and visiting professor of science at Aston University.

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