Originally Posted by ClementineOrange
In america, houses have fuses, and bathrooms especially have GFI outlets that have a chance of saving a life in the case of a electrical ground fault via water.
No, we have circuit breakers. Fuses are much better than breakers because they are made to fail at a specific amperage. Almost none of them will or would save your life.
A fuse will always fail on an overage, however a breaker may not trip. There is actually a brand of breakers that are known to not trip. Federal Pacific breakers were not very helpful. You could potentially pass 200amps through a 20amp breaker and it still wouldn't trip. They're not in business anymore.
Also, please look up GFCI. You might be enlightened. It should fail if water is involved because generally most houses in the past were plummed with copper pipes. In the current age of construction with PVC as a substitute you will not be grounded while sitting in a tub of water and holding your hair dryer. If you have a newer house with PVC piping you are more at risk of electrocution than you would be in an older house.
Breakers literally came about because of people's laziness to change a blown fuse. People would not only need to find the fuse, but pay to replace it. So apparently the breaker was developed. It only does what it's supposed to when it thinks it wants to.
If you have fuses consider yourself blessed.