Culture shock can set in pretty fast the first time you see a shower head with wires sticking out of it!
That’s what happened to us. I didn’t know if I should get in or not.
Are Electric Showers Safe?
That question was one of the first things that went through my mind as I stepped out of the shower stall. I had gotten in, but was too afraid to even turn the water on, so I got right back out!
This happened on our first morning in Ecuador, it was my first taste of expat culture shock.
The first thing I did was call Bryan into the bathroom to check it out. We were a little freaked out by how it looked! But after talking it over, we figured it had to be safe, if that’s how Ecuadorians shower every day. So I gave it a try, and it was fine.
Now, over 5 years later, I take a shower in an electric shower every day and think nothing of it.
Are Electric Showers Really Suicide Showers?
I have heard some stories of people getting an electric shock, but it’s never happened to me, my husband or our daughter. I think there may be a risk of shock if you touch the shower-head while the water is running.
A few years ago, we wrote about electric showers. Some of the comments are interesting.
There really is no need to touch an electric shower-head while the water is on because, unlike other shower heads, it’s directly above you. So there is no need to adjust the angle.
How Do Electric Showers Compare?
Sad to say, not very well.
Electric showers can be a little frustrating.
You have to choose pressure or heat. You can’t have it both ways, at least I’ve never seen it.
As the pressure goes up, the water get’s colder. There is only one tap in an electric shower – cold. As you turn the tap, more water flows through the electric shower-head, and it can’t keep up.
There is a little trick to it. If you turn the tap just a little at a time, let it warm up, then turn it a little more… you can have a half decent shower.
But an electric shower will never hold a candle to what you are probably used to. A hot shower with lots of pressure. The nice thing is, you’ll get used to it. It’s just a normal part of life for our family now, and we look forward to our shower every morning, just like we used to. It is kind of funny though, how we get so excited when we travel and get to use a shower with lots of pressure and heat :).
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