High voltage demonstration shows severity of electrical burns from power lines

Mountain View Electric Association high voltage demonstration / Christina Dawidowicz FOX21
Mountain View Electric Association high voltage demonstration / Christina Dawidowicz FOX21

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — It may look cool, but electrical sparks show just how dangerous power lines can be.

It’s part of a high voltage demonstration with Mountain View Electric Association.

“It could be primary voltage, it could be secondary, I guess a good way to round that up is anything over 0.1 amps is deadly, so, and it’s definitely going to be more than that,” said Dan King, journeyman lineman for Mountain View Electric Association.

The hot dog simulates your flesh being electrocuted. While it’s still cold on the outside, it’s burns internally.

“The grapefruit is the best thing we found to simulate your heart. What would happen if the current goes through, completing the circuit, touching the hot wire, to the ground, going through your heart,” King said.

It’s an important thing to keep in mind, especially if you find yourself hitting a power line during a car accident.

Linemen said it’s best to stay in the car until help arrives, but if the car is on fire and at risk of exploding, it’s best to hop out, landing with your feet together as you hop away from the car.

“And the reason we do that is there is a difference of potential. Think of it as rings on a target going away from that. So, that’ll keep you typically safe from any hazards as far as crossing those rings and becoming electrocuted,” King said.

Mountain View Electric officials said they can’t guarantee these things will happen every time, but they said it is possible and to always take precaution.

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