Busted! Don’t Believe These Myths About Electrical Safety!

By Greg Wilson |

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To a layperson, electricity is a mysterious thing. Everyone uses it, but very few people understand it. And no one understands it quite like your experienced local electrician, which is why it is always best to seek their expertise when in doubt, especially when it comes to electrical safety at home.

Unfortunately, this lack of understanding has perpetuated a host of myths and misconceptions about electrical safety. More often than not, these misconceptions revolve around what materials are good conductors and what materials are bad insulators. To help you steer clear of these misconceptions and keep you safe and well informed, the expert electricians at JNG Electric Ltd. have debunked some of the most commonly believed myths about electrical safety.

Myth 1: Household rubber gloves and rubber-soled shoes are good insulators.

This is true only if they are made of 100% rubber - which none are. To make these gloves and shoes more comfortable and durable, companies mix in additives that make these ‘rubber’ products good conductors rather than insulators.

Myth 2: Wood is a good insulator.

Wood is a conductor, not a very good one, but still a conductor. However, high-voltage power has no problem moving through the wood. Moreover, if the wood is damp, it gets transformed into an excellent conductor, even at low voltage. So be careful when using wooden ladders around power lines.

Myth 3: Tires are excellent electrical insulators.

Too many TV shows have shown people safely trapped in their cars despite the high-voltage lines dancing and sparking across the car’s body. It’s a tired plot device. The implication is that it’s the rubber tires keeping them insulated and safe. However, car tires are electrical conductors, not insulators. It’s also true that you are safe in a car if a live wire falls on it. But that’s because electricity always seeks the least-resistant path to the ground. If you stay in the car, the electricity will travel along the outside of the car body, down through the chassis, through the tires, and into the ground. As long as you don’t provide an alternate, less-resistant path to the ground through your body, electricity will not enter it.

Now that we’ve debunked these misconceptions, hopefully, you will be safer around electrically-sensitive areas. However, if you’re looking to steer clear of myths like these as well as any other notions about electricity you’re unsure of, reach out to JNG Electric Ltd. As experienced electricians in Regina, SK, we offer residential, commercial and agricultural electrical services across Regina, Lumsden, Rouleau, Balgonie, Pilot Butte, Lajord, Creelman, Fillmore, Francis, Sedley, and the surrounding areas.

For a complete list of our services, please click here. If you have any questions about electricals and safety, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact us here.

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