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(The Local)   Taking a selfie while standing on top of a train near a live electrical cable is probably not the smartest idea ever   ( divider line
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2014-03-18 10:13:11 AM  
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mrlewish: Wonder why they always mention volts..  It's not the volts that kill you it's the amps.

The number is higher, so it sounds more impressive.

/Danger: One million ohms
2014-03-18 10:06:51 AM  
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Cerebral Ballsy: Nope, I'm still going with my answer. Even if you could determine exact amperage, the sad fact is that most people don't understand basic electrical science, and news articles are written to a sixth grade level or below.

It's because Voltage is the only known value in the equation.

The overhead tram lines provide more or less unlimited current as far as killing people goes. It's got enough current to move entire trains full of people in those wires. There is no way to tell how many amps of current were used to kill this man because of other loads on the wire.

What is known, is the voltage the overhead cables work at.

So the news article uses the voltage, because otherwise they just have to say "quite a lot of electricity."
2014-03-18 09:56:18 AM  
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Cerebral Ballsy: I'm gonna guess because the Idiocracy class has never heard of these so-called "amps" and voltage is synonymous with "amount of electricity".

You should probably guess "It's kinda hard to meter the amount of current in an arc flash."
2014-03-18 09:33:16 AM  
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Wonder why they always mention volts..  It's not the volts that kill you it's the amps.
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