There are a lot of misconceptions about arc flash, starting with what it actually is. It is not a flash of light or an arc of fire. It is related to but not the same as electric shock, and there is not usually direct contact with electricity. Yet arc flash is deadly serious, and there are more than 30,000 incidents that result in 400 fatalities every year. So how can you protect your hands from this deadly killer?
Can Arc Flash Be Prevented?
Yes. Let's start by exploring what arc flash is. Arc flash is an electrical current that jumps from the desired path and travels through the air from one conductor to another. It incorporates both radiant and convective heat and can reach temperatures of up to 35,000° F. Imagine a bolt of lightning veering off course. It has the potential to ignite clothing and burn workers. Anyone in the path of the electrical discharge or in the vicinity can be severely injured or even killed.
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