SUICIDE SHOWERS — soothing or scary?

Suicide shower

Many Costa Rica homes do not have hot water. Washing dishes is not a problem, but taking showers presents a big problem for those who are used to standing under a soothing stream of hot water to relax, ease out kinks or wake up. Only newer homes with hot water heaters have bath tubs – who would want to soak in cold water? Today, people can add hot water to their showers easily by adding point-of-use hot water heaters. To those who are accustomed to a hot water heater and hot water pipes leading to the shower, these units are frightening and referred to as suicide showers. These units have exposed wires, contradicting everything you’ve ever heard of water and electricity. In some homes, owners direct you to turn on the water and then throw the electric switch on the wall directly under the shower! I know of one person who went running for “dear life” after turning on one of these heaters. As he was standing under the shower head with the water running, he flipped the switch to turn on the electricity for the heater. Sparks began to fly and the entire switch went up in flames and melted down the wall! (The water heater in my shower goes on automatically when the water is turned on – there’s no need to flip a switch. Whew.) Although these point-of-use showers are functional, economical ($15 for a unit), effective and becoming quite common, many Costa Ricans still PREFER taking cold showers! It must be something you have to learn from infancy. I am NOT an infant.  (There are no suicide showers in this house.)

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