From: Michael J. Schülke
Subject: Re: American vs foreign electrical parts and installations
Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2002 20:52:22 +0200
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Michael A. Terrell wrote:
> Bob Wilson wrote:
> > Some years ago, our next door neighbor's 1-year-old nearly electrocuted
> > herself (and got severe burns in the process) as a result of touching the
> > UL/CSA approved North American style plugs we use here. If we had an
> > intelligently designed plug like the Schuko, this would never have happened.
> > Bob.
> One again, another "AMERICA IS PURE EVIL!" post from Bob Wilson.
I don't know what Bob has said in the past, or whether or not you have
any other issues with him -- and frankly, I don't care. This isn't about
good and evil. This is about a safety hazard and poor design. Having
line voltage exposed is hazardous, and a connector that has exposed line
voltage whenever it is plugged in or out *and* that can be plugged
"halfway in", with the appliance working in the exposed state, is
There are at least half a dozen different types of plugs in use in (EU)
Europe (which, in itself, is not a good thing), and *all* of them avoid
that hazard. It's a problem that can easily be solved.
Pointing that out is not an attack on the United States.
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