Why Don't Power Lines Sizzle or Steam Up When Rain Hits Them?

  • January 27, 2017

Power lines are specifically designed to carry electricity without heating up so they are not hot enough to turn raindrops into steam. 

A single raindrop — or even a lot of raindrops falling closely together — does not provide a continuous path for electricity to travel through, so the electricity just keeps moving through the wires. 

However, a continuous stream of water could provide a path for electricity. This is why you should never aim a high-powered water squirter or hose at a power line. Electricity could travel through the water and through you to the ground. 

Source: e-SMART

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