Flipping on the kitchen light switch or turning on the television takes little effort and often not much thought goes into how the light actually illuminates or how the television screen actually flickers on. Thanks to the amazing power of electricity we can enjoy many every day luxuries that are most often taken for granted. Think about a regular day and how many times you actually use the power of electricity. The number will grow quickly when you begin to think about your alarm clock going off, blow drying your hair, toasting your bread and watching the morning news while you sip your hot cup of coffee.
Speed of Electricity
Electricity is a staple of our everyday life. Other than lighting our homes and powering devices like cell phones, tablets, and televisions, electricity is pretty interesting. Electricity is extremely fast and travels at the speed of light. It travels more than 186,000 miles per second, which is pretty fast. Next time you switch on a light, think about how quickly that electricity is traveling, at a highly impressive speed. If you have ever slid your feet across the carpet so you can shock one of your siblings, then you have channeled electricity. Sometimes you can even see a spark when you do this, a spark of static electricity can measure up to 3,000 volts.
Electricity is Lightning
A lightning storm can be very exciting to watch as it lights up the sky and makes a loud crack. Lightning is one of the most powerful forces that come into contact with the earth. A lightning strike is a discharge of electricity in the atmosphere. Lightning bolts can travel at around 130,000 miles per hour and can reach extreme temperatures as hot as 54,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The thought of being struck by lightning now seems even worse than you had previously imagined.
Keeping away from power lines is important to avoid getting electrocuted. At one time or another you have probably noticed a group of birds sitting on a power line; so how are they not getting harmed from this action? If a bird and his friends are sitting on just one power line, then they are safe. However, if this bird and his group of friends decide to touch another existing line with one of their wings or feet, this will create a circuit and electricity will immediately flow through the bird’s body. This will probably result in feathers going everywhere and possibly some good old home fried pigeon.
Professional Electrical Service Electricians
Electricity is a wonderful power that should be respected by all who use it. If your home or property is experiencing electrical difficulties, it is time to call in a professional. Never attempt to take on an electrical problem on your own. It is better to protect you and your family by contact a professional. Sentry Electric will take care of all your electrical needs with the proper service and care that you deserve.