I stumbled across this video from 1970. Was broadcast on TV in the UK as a public safety message to make sure that people actually used plugs rather than simply inserting bare cables into the socket outlets using matchsticks (apparently a common practice in the 1970s!!!) http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/xtraspace/pif_a-l/electricitykills.rm
I'm completely stunned that this video was ever necessary!
Did people really do that????
BTW: If you're of a sensitive nature : i.e. can't take really bad acting.. don't look at this video!
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Did you see the Frisbee film , on the same site? I remember that one well, and the background accompaniment to it still gives me the creeps now!
I've still kept a look out for the "Play Safe" series online, but not found any. I believe a couple of them are available on commercial videotape, along with other favorites like "Charlie says never go with men or ladies you don't know."
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#138167 - 08/17/0306:23 PMRe: Stumbled across old UK electrical safety video (Public Safety Announcement)
Common practice at flea markets etc: Take apart round ungrounded plug and push the bare pins into Schuko receptacle with a screwdriver. Seen that several times. Or the infamous receptacle/lightbulb tester: A standard light socket with bulb of any wattage from 15 to 100W and a 15cm piece of 2wire cord, black and blue ends sticking into mid-air. Take wire ends and stick them into the receptacle.
#138169 - 08/18/0310:19 AMRe: Stumbled across old UK electrical safety video (Public Safety Announcement)
Paul, When I first started using a Duspol tester, the sockets over here, never had Shutters in them and I went to push the pins into the socket apertures on the first socket that did, there was a bit of a plastic-like "Crack!", I thought I had broken the socket and duly replaced it, only to find out 2 days later that safety shutters had been introduced, months ago!. Went back and put the old socket back in(it was OK), at no charge.
#138172 - 08/20/0308:29 AMRe: Stumbled across old UK electrical safety video (Public Safety Announcement)
Many newer types of BS1363 outlets are moving away from the earth-pin-operated shutter mechanism in favor of a type which requires simultaneous and equal pressure on the line and neutral shutters.
The latter have a shaped edge (hard to describe), and inserting meter probes into these means pushing the probes simultaneously on the top left of one shutter and the bottom right of the other (or bottom left and top right).
The latest designs apparently require pressure on all three points to open, although I've not come across any of these yet.
#138173 - 08/20/0302:18 PMRe: Stumbled across old UK electrical safety video (Public Safety Announcement)
The only manufacturer who's gone that route that I've seen is MK.
The shutters are also designed not to be opened by the equal pressure that a Europlug might place on it. They're shaped so the pressure must be applied from the outer edge, something only the genuine plug can acheive.