Water Safety

People who see the "surfing" picture tend to be somewhat concerned with my safety, given the truism that water and electricity are not supposed to mix. In fact, my surfing setup is as safe as I can make it.

The net result is that I have only one real risk: If I somehow should tip the laptop into the water, Becky is certainly never going to let me buy another one!

If you want to think about a REAL nasty situation, consider my photo darkroom: Imagine standing on a wet concrete floor, in the dark, one hand immersed in running water, groping with the other hand for the switch of a 220-volt photo processor! A darkroom is a truly wonderful way to electrocute oneself. There's a well-known line about "There are old pilots, and there are bold pilots, but there are no old bold pilots." I think the same sentiment could be applied to darkroom technicians.

By the way, any GFCI has a "test" button to intentionally leak a small amount of current and trip the circuit. If you have some installed (and most people do, these days) get in the habit of pushing those buttons every month or so, just for the heck of it.


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