# Electric Shock!!!

#### steeve_wai

Joined Sep 13, 2007
47
all about circuits states that "Electric shock can only occur when contact is made between two points of a circuit; when voltage is applied across a victim's body."

so if i hold an overhead wire with both hands and hang from it without touching anything else,i wont get an electric shock ...right?

#### recca02

Joined Apr 2, 2007
1,214
exactly!!
there must be a path for electrons to complete the cicuit
i;e to travel from higher potential to lower,
if u touch the wire even with any of ur hand not necessarily both u are at the same potential as that of wire.

#### Dave

Joined Nov 17, 2003
6,970
so if i hold an overhead wire with both hands and hang from it without touching anything else,i wont get an electric shock ...right?
You are a high resistance path in parallel with the wire. Do the relevant maths using Ohm's Law and parallel resistor equations and this will demonstrate the point clearly.

Dave

#### thingmaker3

Joined May 16, 2005
5,084
Just ask all those squirrels and birds!

#### Dave

Joined Nov 17, 2003
6,970
Just ask all those squirrels and birds!
Strangely enough, something I was explaining to my missus today as she commented that 'no birds had come near our new house'. Needless to say she didn't pay a blind bit of notice!

Dave

#### bloguetronica

Joined Apr 27, 2007
1,372
Should the term shock aplly to a significant voltage/current? I mean, there is always a path that electron will biase, even if the source is a 12V battery (current will be very small, thought).