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Electric Energy, 3rd Edition by Mohamed A. El-Sharkawi

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Electric Safety

Electricity is one of the best forms of energy known to man; it is clean, readily available, quiet, and highly reliable. Equipment powered by electricity is pollution free and is more compact than those powered by other energy forms such as gas or oil. Because of the overwhelming advantages of electricity, it has become widely available by just the flip of a switch.

Electricity is completely safe if used properly. However, when the electric equipment is partially damaged or improperly used, hazardous conditions can develop. For example, loose-fitting plugs can overheat and lead to fire, water intrusion inside a plugged in appliance can lead to electrical shock, and cracks or damage in electrical insulations can lead to fires ...

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