Electric ShocksLearn how to protect and save someone from electrocution.
Electrical Dangers after a Flood • Beware of wet outlets and electrical cords • Do not use electrical appliances that may have gotten wet • Have an electrician check house wiring and appliances • Use caution with wet-dry vacuums during post-flood cleanup
Light Bulb Disposal
Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) reduce greenhouse gasses and can lower your energy bill. In fact, the Federal Energy Independence and Security Act’s goal is to switch completely to energy-efficient light bulbs by 2014. But, because most CFLs contain mercury, which is considered toxic, hazardous waste, they cannot be thrown in the garbage like regular incandescent bulbs.
Mercury poisoning has detrimental effects on a child’s development, and is linked to sensory impairment. Be sure to check CFL labels for mercury levels and disposal requirements.
The Doctors demonstrate the proper way to dispose of a CFL bulb , and reveal other light dangers.
A bolt of lightning contains approximately 300 kilovolts of electricity, compared to a typical industrial electrical shock of 20 to 63 kilovolts. For reasons unknown, men are bit by lightning four times more than women. See what happens to the body when struck by lightning.
Ten States Where Lighting Occurs Most: