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Re: If a hair dryer was dropped into a lake,would everyone be electocuted?

Date: Tue Mar 6 08:55:19 2001
Posted By: David North, Staff, Medical Physics, Rhode Island Hospital
Area of science: Physics
ID: 983045488.Ph

According to an experienced electrical engineer, if you were floating in 
the water at the time you dropped your hair dryer into the lake, you 
would be at the same potential as the water, and nothing would 
happen to you. If you were touching the bottom, then you would be an 
extension of ground, and could provide a conduction path.               

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