People are always being warned to handle electronics safely lest they get an electrical shock. However, many of us have often had minor zaps from our wall sockets or surge protectors and have faced no serious or lasting injuries afterward. When it comes down to it, the question of what makes electricity dangerous, as well as how common stronger, and more dangerous shocks are, is a question worth exploring for anyone who wants to know a little bit more about electrical safety and the science behind power.
One common form of electricity is static electricity, which doesn’t come from any electrical device. Instead, static is caused by friction and charged particles waiting to discharge onto something of the opposite charge, causing a small shock. Static electricity is relatively harmless, especially compared to other electrical shocks.
Our bodies try to resist it when electricity is flowing through. This resistance is enough to generate heat and thus can lead to electrical burns. Electrical burns don’t just linger on the surface; they can be deep and cause tissue damage.
Spasms and Contractions
Our muscles rely on a form of internal electricity to work as intended. It’s what allows us to move our bodies. However, when strong electrical currents take over, we lose the ability to move our muscles properly, either leading to contractions or spasms. This is why, contrary to common sense, someone may tighten their grip on the thing that’s electrocuting them!
One of the worst results of electricity is heart failure. This goes back to how our bodies use electricity to control our movements. Our heart uses electricity just as our muscles do, so a powerful enough charge may interrupt or stop the signals that make our hearts beat.
Hire a Professional Electrician
Luckily, there are plenty of ways to stay safe around electricity. Ensure your hands are dry if you’re touching something electric, and wear rubber gloves to stay even safer. If you have an electrical issue, contact Nipper Electric to complete the job. We’re professionals who understand how to safely and properly work with your electrical equipment.