Dangers of being grounded via outlet

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 30, 2013 at 7:30 PM

OK, so say I create this little plug-in grounding device, connect it to myself, and go to bed. In the middle of the night, a thunderstorm develops. Or some squirrel puts a toe in the wrong place on a transformer and it blows, cutting power to my home after a surge. Am I in danger? (I'm in Wisconsin so barefootin' is out of the question for a good part of the year.)



on May 01, 2013
at 12:44 AM

Sometimes what one might think of as Ground isn't, it could be floating and carrying a significant potential voltage. As scotts has written below, please be (very) careful!



on April 30, 2013
at 08:58 PM

I'm not sure why someone downvoted you, but perhaps you should be clearer in your question. Not a lot of people understand what "grounding" means in the context you're talking about. The concept of grounding one's self electrically (like walking barefoot) is what you mean, I think, but a lot of folks may not get that concept here. I thought the idea was very intriguing at first, but from what I understand, the amount of electricity (ions) in your body wouldn't be able to build up that much to make a difference. But if it makes you feel better, walk barefoot. Just don't plug yourself in.



on April 30, 2013
at 07:32 PM

Are you a robot or an android? What do you mean "connect it to myself?"

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on April 30, 2013
at 08:01 PM

I'm an electrical engineer.

The playing around people are doing with grounding themselves is potentially very dangerous if not done properly. It is very dangerous to ground yourself DIRECTLY via a low impedance path (e.g. a wire) to any ground be it an electrical outlet ground or a water pipe.

You need to use the proper grounding strap with a high resistance of at least 1 Megohm so that if, when grounded, you come in contact with a source of AC mains electricity you are not electrocuted.

Please be careful.

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