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16 Jun 2024, 3:17 pm



Lets simplify the question.

If your car had a working battery. And you were to park your car at a public swimming pool at its peak hour in mid summer, and then you opened the hood of your car and were to remove your battery, and then you...walked into the pool lugging the battery and then entered the swimming area , and then you dropped the car battery into the water of the swimming pool ...would that battery electrocute the crowd in the swimming pool?



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01 Jul 2024, 6:50 am

No.

Electricity takes the shortest path or path of least resistance. And one car battery does not have enough juice to “electrocute” (or kill by electrical means) a large group of people.

I am not even sure a single car battery could kill one person if you used jumper cables and ran the current through your right arm, heart and left arm, back to the battery.

There are two ways electricity can harm a human being: It can simulate a nerve signal and cause your heart muscle to clench and not be able to unclench, causing your circulation to stop and killing your brain and other organs by oxygen starvation, or it can burn you.

I have touched an electric fence and it didn’t kill me. I have touched live wires plugged into a wall socket and it did not kill me. (It did leave burn marks on my fingers).

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrical_injury


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01 Jul 2024, 8:17 am

Okay.

So lets up the ante.

World War Two submarines were powered by batteries when running under water. The batteries resembled slightly oversized car batteries. The floor of the engine room would be covered by these batteries.

So lets say your standing upon a field of these over sized car batteries while the Uboat you're in is sinking. And your stuck inside the room with the batteries as the water floods in. Would you end up dying of drowning, or dying of electrocution?



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01 Jul 2024, 6:43 pm

naturalplastic wrote:
World War Two submarines were powered by batteries when running under water.  The batteries resembled slightly oversized car batteries. The floor of the engine room would be covered by these batteries.

So lets say your standing upon a field of these over sized car batteries while the Uboat you're in is sinking. And your stuck inside the room with the batteries as the water floods in.  Would you end up dying of drowning, or dying of electrocution?
You would die from breathing chlorine as the saltwater interacted with the batteries' electrolyte (in many cases, sulfuric acid), releasing chlorine gas into the submarine's air.


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