In This Chapter
Understanding the risks of electric shock
Protecting yourself from the perils of stray electricity
Safeguarding your gear from static electricity
The possibility of electric shock is always present whenever you work with electricity, but don’t forget the other potential dangers as well. If you’re not careful, you can start a fire or otherwise injure yourself or other people.
In this chapter we explain how to keep yourself safe while experimenting with electronics. We discuss the different dangers that electricity poses to you and to your equipment. Please read and heed every piece of advice we give.
Facing the Shocking Truth about Electrical Dangers
Thousands of people die every year from accidental electrocutions. Many of those accidents are industrial or weather-related, in which people come into contact with downed ...