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Toaster in the Bathub: What Would Happen?

Have you ever wondered what will happen if you drop a toaster in a bathtub? Is it really as lethal as they depict in the movies? Wonder no longer, we are going to answer your questions in this article.

Dropping a toaster in the bath tub can be lethal. This is especially true if the toaster is not grounded properly. Amperage and not voltage is what kills a person. You can be exposed one million volts of electricity an survive but and amperage of between 5 to 10mA together with a minimum voltage of 60V can kill you.

We’ve all seen that scene in a movie where someone dies from a toaster or other electrical appliance being dropped into a tub full on water. It could be at the hands of Chucky or a freak accident in Wrong Turn but have you ever wondered if this is another narrative that Hollywood has sold us?

Is there actually merit to this whole narrative? Well, in this article, we are going to dig into this and see what’s true and what’s not. The popular TV show Myth Busters actually did an episode to investigate this very assertion to establish its validity. Their findings were quite interesting and I will be sharing some of that in this article.

Science of Electrocution

Let’s look at the science being electrocution. Electricity travels through conductors. For there to be movement from one place to another, there has to be a pathway through which it can travel.

Pure or distilled water is not a conductor of electricity. Tap water, on the other hand, contains ions which are conductors of electricity albeit weak conductors.

Add some salt in it and its conductive potency increases and by extension, the risk of electrocution. So, based on these factors, we see that the conditions necessary for electrocution are present.

Whether or not it will be fatal if someone was in the tub is down to a number of things. The first is the wiring of the house.

Most bathrooms, especially in modern day bathrooms are fitted with fail safes designed to cut off power within milli-seconds if an accident happens in the bathroom such as an electrical appliance falls into the water or other abnormal redirection of current.

In such cases, the trip switch of the house mains will take longer to react and someone could be dead by the time it does trip.

This happens in order to prevent fatalities in a high risk area like the bathroom where wet skin, wet floor or any other water related hazards can lead to electrocution.

The Results of Toaster in Water

Studies tested different electrical appliances over and above the toaster. Their findings revealed that a toaster definitely is a very deadly thing if it was dropped into water. The amperage in it is able to kill a person is it were to be dropped into the bath tub.


So, it would seem that Hollywood had it right this time. Chucky and Co can get you by dropping the toaster, TV, Hair dryer, Iron or other electrical household appliances.

You need to be really careful when using electrical appliances in and around water. Make sure that whenever you use an electrical appliance in the bathroom that you make sure that you and your surrounding area is free from water.

As a closing note, please don’t try placing a toaster in the bath tub just to experiment. These experiments should always be done by professionals in controlled environment.

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