ELECTRICAL SAFETY QUIZ

BELIEF #2:

YOU CAN GET A SHOCK FROM STICKING A METAL UTENSIL INTO A TOASTER.

Yes. But it doesn't mean you will. To risk a shock-or worse, electrocution- you would need to be standing on or holding onto a surface that can conduct. Surfaces that can conduct include not only metal, but also such surfaces as a wooden floor. Basically you become a ground wire, or a receptor, for the energy that could potentially flow through the fork or knife.

The solution here is obvious. Next time a bagel gets stuck, unplug the appliance before plunging in. Or use wooden or plastic tongs to retrieve your toast.

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Adapted from "Shocking Truths About Electricity In The Home" by Mick Hans.

Family Safety and Health, Winter 1992-1993. 

Thanks to Ken Lomax for the info.

October Safety Poster

Posted 10/99