[rescue] Shifted Sun GDM-500PS...

r.stricklin bear at typewritten.org
Sat Dec 20 18:08:04 CST 2003

On Nov 19, 2003, at 11:20 AM, William Enestvedt wrote:

>> And remember, when working on live high-voltage electrical gear
>> (such as, say, deflection yokes), ALWAYS keep one hand in your
>> pocket. In the event of a slip, it helps prevent high-voltage
>> shocks across the chest, which can ruin your whole day.
>    Is this true? Why would the location of your *other* hand matter? 
> Stop that
> giggling -- I mean, wouldn't the current go down the (doomed) arm, 
> through the
> (shaking) torso, and out the (now-smoking) feets?

Because your other hand might be touching something which makes a 
better path to ground, which would cause the current to travel across 
your chest and through your heart, on its way to ground.

You still get electrocuted with one hand in your pocket, but your 
survival probability goes way up.


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