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  • Part two of our series on basic electrical safety covers injuries that may occur if you aren’t careful.

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    Basic Electrical Safety and Electrical Injury

    A lot of people use terms interchangeably. However, there is a big difference between electrical injury which is non-fatal, and electrocution which is fatal. According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety site:

    “People are injured when they become part of the electrical circuit. Humans are more conductive than the earth (the ground we stand on) which means if there is no other easy path, electricity will try to flow through our bodies.

    There are four main types of injuries: electrocution (fatal), electric shock, burns, and falls. These injuries can happen in various ways:

    Direct contact with exposed energized conductors or circuit parts. When electrical current travels through our bodies, it can interfere with the normal electrical signals between the brain and our muscles (e.g., heart may stop beating properly, breathing may stop, or muscles may spasm).
    When the electricity arcs (jumps, or “arcs”) from an exposed energized conductor or circuit part (e.g., overhead power lines) through a gas (such as air) to a person who is grounded (that would provide an alternative route to the ground for the electrical current).
    Thermal burns including burns from heat generated by an electric arc, and flame burns from materials that catch on fire from heating or ignition by electrical currents or an electric arc flash. Contact burns from being shocked can burn internal tissues while leaving only very small injuries on the outside of the skin.
    Thermal burns from the heat radiated from an electric arc flash. Ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) light emitted from the arc flash can also cause damage to the eyes.
    An arc blast can include a potential pressure wave released from an arc flash. This wave can cause physical injuries, collapse your lungs, or create noise that can damage hearing…”[READ MORE]

    Electrical Injury and Household Accidents

    One of the biggest causes of injuries in the US is household accidents. As a result of this, electrical injury is not to be taken lightly. As a result, make sure that you are aware of the risks before you begin any sort of project that involves electricity, as we covered in our last article.

    For more information on this subject, be sure to read part one as well.

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