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Throw out old and damaged electrical extension cords

Old and damaged electrical extension cords

ESV is urging Victorians to throw out old and damaged electrical extension cords following an incident at Numurkah on Sunday in which two children received a serious electric shock and burns.

The children were in a portable swimming pool with a pump that was connected to the electricity with a damaged extension cord that had exposed wires near the socket. When the pump started spraying water, a boy, 9, tried to pull the plug from the extension cord and received what could have been a fatal electric shock. A girl, 8, was injured when she went to help.

The house did not have a residual current device (RCD) or safety switch installed.

ESV’s Director of Energy Safety, Paul Fearon, said old and damaged extension leads should never be used, especially in the vicinity of water.

To read the press release, click here.