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Boy’s death caused by improperly grounded camper

(July 21, 2014) -- The accidental electrocution last month of a 3-year-old Illinois boy was caused by current from an improperly grounded family camper in Illinois.

DIXON, Ill. — Landyn Gerald Keener, a 3-year-old from Amboy, died June 30 when he touched a door handle of the camper while standing on wet ground, WISC explained.

WISC reported it’s a problem known among RVers as “hot skin.”

Lee County Sheriff John Varga calls it a tragic accident and told WISC nobody was at fault.

Electrical engineer Mike Sokol explained to WISC he’s started a website to educate RV owners about electrical safety. He recommends buying a noncontact voltage tester at a hardware store to test for problems. He also recommends using only electrical outlets for RVs that were installed by a professional.

To read the full story by WISC, click here.

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About Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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