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.)
asked bywendy_22 (11)
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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.