Electrical Safety

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Although electricity appears to be the cleanest form for storing energy, there are a number of health and safety issues that must be considered. Electrical power lines produce a magnetic and electric field that may pose a health problem or interfere with surrounding electronic devices. Inappropriate use of electricity could also be dangerous and, at times, even life-threatening. It is therefore necessary to understand the harmful effects of electricity and the proper procedures for safe handling of electricity in a manner that can minimize long-term health problems and risk of electrical shock.


(1) Toossi Reza, "Energy and the Environment:Sources, technologies, and impacts", Verve Publishers, 2005

Further Reading

Bureau of Naval Personnel, Basic Electricity, Dover Publishing Company.

The Environmental Effects of Electricity Generation, IEEE, 1995.

The Electricity Journal, Direct Science Elsevier Publishing Company, This journal addresses issues related to generating power from natural gas-fired cogeneration and renewable energy plants (wind power, biomass, hydro and solar).

International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems, Direct Science Elsevier Publishing Company.

Home Power Magazine (http://www.homepower.com).

External Links

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (http://www.ferc.gov).

Energy Information Agency, Department of Energy (http://www.eia.doe.gov/fuelelectric.htm).

California Energy Commission (http://www.energy.ca.gov/electricity).

National Council on Electricity Policy (http://www.ncouncil.org).

Southern California Edison (http://www.sce.com).

Pacific Gas and Electric (http://www.pge.com).