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August 17, 1984

Bathtub-Related Electrocutions in the United States, 1979 to 1982

Author Affiliations

From the Chronic Disease Division, Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control, Public Health Service, US Department of Health and Human Services, Atlanta. Dr Budnick is now with the Division of Disease Control, Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

JAMA. 1984;252(7):918-920. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350070036019

From 1979 to 1982, in the United States, at least 95 persons were electrocuted in bathtubs; 66% of the deaths occurred during the winter and spring. Children younger than 5 years had the greatest mortality rate, and hair dryers were responsible for 60% of the deaths. Until electric appliances used in bathrooms are made safer, the appliances should be disconnected when not in use, not used in wet bathtubs, and kept away from children.

(JAMA 1984;252:918-920)