Some people may view myths or misconceptions as facts. But as the old fallacious argument goes, just because many people believe, the ideas are true. Electricity is a serious matter and must be handled with care. It is highly important to know the facts so you will be able to practice safety always.
Debugging these myths on electricity can help people understand better how electricity works. We have gathered the top 3 myths related to electricity and have addressed the issues.
- Low voltage lines are safe
Parents with small children are mostly concerned on wall outlets but they do not worry about the batteries they give to their children. That’s because they believe that only high voltages are threatening. This is wrong. It’s not actually the voltages that can harm or kill. It’s the electric current that is measured in amperes. This means that even a battery that has 12 volts can cause serious damage or even death. It will only take 1 ampere to fatally damage your heart.
- Rubber gloves and shoes are good insulators
That’s correct but if your gloves and shoes are made of 100% rubber. There is none. Most of the so-called rubber gloves and shoes have additives which makes them more of conductors than insulators.
- No worries! Overhead power lines are well insulated
Household appliances and electrical wiring at home are well insulated so we are safe – at the most. So, does the overhead power lines. After all, we do see a line of birds flocked together standing on them, right? While this may look true, overhead power lines are not well insulated. Insulation is a very costly process. That is why electricians refer to overhead powerlines as live wires with currents from 1,000 volts to more than 500,000. The only reason birds don’t get electrocuted when they stand on power lines is because they do not touch the ground while standing on the lines.
These are just 3 of the many myths on electricity. It is important to know the facts to avoid accidents and even death.