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Is this true? #127905 03/11/02 11:25 PM
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Dale Offline OP
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I read this is it true...electric shock is damaging due to AMPS not volts

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Re: Is this true? #127906 03/12/02 12:18 AM
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George Corron Offline
'tis true, 'tis true, the volts push it through, but it's the amps what stops the heart laddie.
Getting shocked off a spark plug is not likely to kill you (if you're in good health) because low ampacity. [Linked Image]

Re: Is this true? #127907 03/12/02 08:17 AM
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Redsy Offline
Yes, it is the amount of current passing through the body that causes the damage.
Remember though that all things being equal, higher voltages will push proportionally more current through your body.
Also remember that it takes less than one-tenth of an amp to kill a human being.

Re: Is this true? #127908 03/16/02 07:39 AM
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maintenanceguy Offline
but, the normal electrical communication that goes on between nerves can be disrupted with high voltage at practically no current. This can shut down the heart or other parts of the body. But high voltage tends to only travel along the skin instead of penetrating deep enough to do any permanent damage.

I'm talking about voltages on the tens or hundreds of thousands of volts, not 480.

Think stun gun.

Re: Is this true? #127909 03/16/02 08:09 AM
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sparky Offline
or electric chair [Linked Image]

Re: Is this true? #127910 03/16/02 09:03 PM
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Chris Rudolph Offline
Sparky,You might be interested to know that the the name of the electric chair in Florida is "Old Sparky".


Re: Is this true? #127911 03/16/02 11:54 PM
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circuit man Offline
hey guys yall ever heard of a guy called "NIKOLA TESLA" ? he used to sit i his lab while lighting bolts jumped over his head. he would also hold his hand on what is called a tesla coil, & watch sparks shoot off his finger tips. it seems the higher the frequency the voltage travels over the top of the skin intead of through not harming the person. not only to say this guy was a great inventor of the transformer & the modern electric motor, but i belive he was close to a genius [Linked Image]

Re: Is this true? #127912 06/13/02 07:33 AM
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old Appy Offline
we used to say" it aint the volts that jolt its the mills that kills"

Re: Is this true? #127913 06/13/02 09:25 AM
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sparky66wv Offline
No question, he was a genius.

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Re: Is this true? #127914 06/13/02 10:42 AM
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