She wasn't electocuted by the 3.7 volt battery or the 5 volts
supplied by the charger - and phone chargers NEVER have 120 volt
cords. They always plug into a wall mounted outlet unless someone uses
an extension cord.
She posted a picture of the ext cord !!!!!!
with this text: “When you use [an] extension cord so you can plug your
phone in while you’re in the bath.”
No excuse for a frayed cord. It should have been repaired or tosses.
Grounding or GFCI was not required in older houses. I'm guessing it was
built before those codes.
Kids at that age are unaware or don't think about the consequences. At
14 I can imagine my daughter doing that.
And while it's not required to be brought up to code, it's still is an
excellent idea to put GFCIs in to cover bathrooms, kitchens, and outdoor
receptacles. It's not much cost or work for a big improvement in safety.
Plenty of adults too. IDK why you'd get in the habit of using the charger
in the tub anyhow. My phone I can get enough charge in 15 mins to be
able to then use it for an hour of talk. Plus using a cell phone in the
tub is likely a bad idea, except if absolutely necessary, just from the
possibility of water damage.
I don't know about you, but I don't consider the frayed cord or lack of
GFCI's to be 2 separate "events".
If the family had frayed extension cords lying around, it's not a surprise
that they also didn't care/know about GFCI protection or vice versus.
However, the fact that the father is a firefighter/EMT and the step-mom is
a nurse, seems somewhat out of sync with not being somewhat safety consciou
I doubt it was a habit. Based on the texts I get from my kids and the texts
I send them, those kinds of texts/pics are more in line with "Look what I
just thought of/made/etc."
I agree with the water damage part, but we need to try and think like a
14 year old.
As far as 15 minutes = 1 hour, my phone can do the same thing. That doesn
mean I haven't been caught with a dead or dying phone just as I am about to
start something that I don't want to wait to do. (That's why I have extern
batteries for my phone.)
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