The Dangers of Short Circuit

Posted On: March 27, 2018
Short Circuit: When Two Nodes of an Electric Circuit, intended to be at Different Voltages, Form an Abnormal Connection

The Resultant Electric Current Can Cause

  • Circuit Damage
  • Fires
  • Explosions
  • Overheating
A Short Circuit Fault is Thousands of Times More Powerful than Normal Operating Current

The Hazards

  • Short Circuits Can Cause Debilitating Injuries, and Even Fatalities, Among Electricity Workers
  • Energy Arcs from Short Circuits Cause Fires and Explosions - Which Result In Damaged Equipment
Workers Can Receive Shocks, Burns, and Injuries from Flying, Fragmented Metal Arc Explosions are Particularly Violent in Atmospheres with Flammable Gases, Vapors, and / or Combustible Dusts

Workers are at Risk of Becoming a Short Circuit Themselves

It Can Happen If the Worker Accidentally Touches a Hot Wire with Wet Hands

In Extreme Cases, Short Circuits Can Burn Down Houses and Entire Buildings

The Prevention

Short Circuits Can Be Reduced or Prevented through:
  • Fuses
  • Circuit Breakers
  • Overload Protection
Essentially, the power must be disconnected in reaction to excessive current.

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