A Dangerous Myth about Electricity
This shoe has a rubber sole. You may have heard that rubber-soled shoes will protect you from electricity if you accidentally touch an electric line or are struck by lightning. Do you think it’s a myth or a fact? Knowing the correct answer might save your life.
News You Can Use
- Electric current can travel only through a material known as an electric conductor. Metals such as copper are good electric conductors.
- Electric current cannot travel through a material known as an electric insulator. Rubber is an example of a good electric insulator.
- Can rubber-soled shoes insulate you from electricity? Listen to the song, “Lightning Strike Blues” at the following link. The character in the song claims he was protected from a lightning strike because he was wearing rubber-soled shoes.
Can You Apply It?
Learn more about electric conductors and insulators at the link below. Then answer the questions that follow.
- Why can a bird rest safely on a power line?
- If a person standing on the ground touches the same power line as the bird, the person will be shocked. Why?
- Electric circuits are always grounded. What does this mean, and why is this done?
- Why would an ungrounded circuit be dangerous?
- If you were to touch a power line while wearing rubber-soled shoes, would the rubber soles protect you from shock? Why or why not?