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Electrical Safety

electrical shock

Electricity is always trying to reach the ground.

Electricity is always trying to reach the ground. Like all good travelers, electricity will take shortcuts whenever it can. If something that conducts electricity will provide a path it will take it.

Electricity can travel through you.

Water and metal are some of the best conductors. Because your body is mostly water you are a great conductor. So if you touch an electric circuit and the ground at the same time, you will become electricity's easiest path. Electricity will flow through you, and you can be seriously hurt or killed. You don't have to be touching the ground directly to conduct electricity. You could be touching something that is in contact with the ground, like a tree or ladder.

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In a shock incident, the path that electric current take through the body gets very hot. Burns occur all along that path, including the places on the skin where the current enter and leaves the body.

It's not only giant power lines that can kill or injure you if you contact them. You can also be killed by a shock from an appliance or power cord in your home.

Why Can Birds and Utility Workers Touch Power Lines But You Can't?

Have you ever wondered why the birds that sit on power lines don't get electric shocks? It's because the electricity is always looking for a way to get to the ground, but the birds are not touching the ground or anything in contact with the ground.

If you touched a power line wile you were in contact with ground (or standing on a ladder or roof) electricity would travel through you. And if your kite or balloon got tangled in a power line and you touched the string, electricity could travel down the string and into you on its way to the ground. Both situations would mean a serious shock!

Have you ever wondered why people who work up on power lines don't get shocked? Utility workers are trained to work with electricity They were special insulating clothing, boots, helmets and gloves, and use special insulating tools that prevent them from being shocked. It would be a bad idea to cling a power pole and imitate them.

Electricity, You and Water

Water is an excellent conductor, You can become electricity's path to the ground if you are touching water that touches electricity Electricity would travel through the water and through you to the ground. This is why its so important to keep all electrical appliances away from water, and to make sure your hands are dry and you are not standing in water when you touch anything electrical. It's also the reason no one should ever use water on an electrical fire, but should use a multipurpose fire extinguisher instead.

Electricity, You and Appliances

Appliances have protective insulated cords and coverings to keep you from contacting the electricity inside. It's important to use appliances and cords the way they were designed so you don't damage the insulation or contact live electrical parts. If a live wire inside an appliance, toy or power tool touches the inside of the device and you touch the device, it would be like touching a bare live wire. You cannot tell from the outside if there is a problem inside, so you should always act as if there were danger of shock.

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