Can I die if I drop my microwave into my bath water while I'm in it?
I'm just curious if I plug in my microwave and drop it into the bath with me if I will get shocked and die?
- billrussell42Lv 71 month agoFavorite Answer
if you just perform the sequence you described, the GFI will kick in and prevent you from getting any major shock from the 120 volt line. Assuming you have a bathroom that was was built in the last 10-20 years and has GFI outlets.
BUT if the microwave is turned on, or had been on recently, there are high voltage capacitors inside that can store a lethal amount of energy, and that could kill you, as the stored charge will still be present even if the GFI turns off the AC power.
That is why you should never take a microwave apart, even if unplugged.
- Anonymous1 month ago
I think you would die trying to jam yourself into the microwave oven, so you would be dead and unable to drop it into your bath anyway.
- PhilomelLv 71 month ago
Nothing is certain about it. without getting into the tub go ahead and drop it in and see what happens.
- VamanLv 71 month ago
If the equipment is not properly insulated, then you will get shock. Otherwise surrounding water will get heated. Nothing will happen to you as the intensity will very low to cook the skin.
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- BobLv 71 month ago
Provided that the oven case is earthed (grounded), even without a GFI the water would short phase to earth and blow the circuit fuse or breaker. If the bath was plastic and your plumbing also plastic, then your chances of a leathal shock would be very low. As for the internal capacitor, part of the voltage doubling circuit on older microwaves, it would discharge between it's terminals, not to ground, no shock risk from this as it is enclosed in the metal case of the oven. As for others reading this, DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!
- derframLv 71 month ago
What are you doing inside your microwave?
- KennyBLv 71 month ago
Yes. And it will be quite painful, even if your GFI circuits kick in in time.