Electricity is the presence of an electrical charge. This is common knowledge, and even little kids know this fact. Although it is very dangerous as well, we all know that electricity is one of the most important parts of our day to day lives.
From powering up small and big appliances inside our homes to large equipment at work or in school, technology has indeed come a very long way when it comes to electricity, and all of us are benefiting from it.
However, there are several things about electricity that most of us are not aware of or are not interested in knowing. It is helpful to know these little things too since it can come in handy someday when we are faced with the danger of using electricity.
A spark of static electricity can already amount to three thousand volts
You think it is just a spark and more likely harmless? Think again. Static sparks can measure as much as three thousand volts and can definitely cause bodily harm and even death. So better stay away from things that can possibly lead to these sparks.
A single bolt of lightning during a thunderstorm can contain three million volts of electricity or more in just a few microseconds
With a flow of electricity this fast and this high, you can imagine how it could create severe damage to lives and properties. So, if you are thinking about flying a kite during a thunderstorm just like how Benjamin Franklin did, you may want to sit down and consider canceling it.
Electricity has only one goal: to reach the ground
During a thunderstorm, we can see lightning striking anywhere in the skies, and if the storm is too intense, it might strike a post or a tall tree. When this happens, electricity from lightning has only one goal and that is to reach the ground in the fastest possible time. The faster it reaches the ground, the lower the risk of it creating damage to things and people above the ground.
This is the reason why lightning arresters are installed on electrical power systems and telecommunications systems to provide a proper path to the electric charge coming from lightning, preventing damage to both properties and lives.
Animal poop can produce electricity
It sounds like a joke, but it is not. Studies conducted many years ago has established that animal poop can be turned to methane gas and produce electricity to power on a huge number of homes in a single year. This has been proven effective by several states in the United States, and they have benefited greatly in the use of these methane gas that converts to electricity.
The human heart needs electricity
The human heart needs the right amount of electricity in order to have the proper beating. This is actually measured by the ECG machines we see in the hospital. However, during accidental electrocution, excessive supply of electricity creates great damage to the heart and even causes death.