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Test and Tag – why it’s the law

Have you ever wondered why Test and Tag services are so important that the government mandates them? Let us explain…

Different levels of amperage affect the human body in different ways. The following list explains some of the most common effects of electrical shock at various amperage levels, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

To understand the amounts involved, a milliampere (mA) is one-thousandth of an ampere (or amp). A standard household circuit that supplies your outlets and switches carries 15 or 20 amps (15,000 or 20,000 mA).

  • 1 to 5 mA: Little electrical shock is felt. Upsetting, but not painful.
  • 6 to 30 mA: Painful shock, loss of muscle control.
  • 50 to 150 mA: Extreme pain, possible severe muscle reactions, possible respiratory arrest, and even possible death.
  • 1,000 mA to 4,300 mA: Heart ceases pumping; nerve damage and death likely.
  • 10,000 mA (10 amps): Cardiac arrest, severe burns, and death.

This gives you an idea of just how much danger there is in the home wiring system we take for granted, where wires carry 15,000 or 20,000 mA. That’s why it is crucial to have experts like SydTag check your appliances on a regular basis through our Test and Tag solution to ensure you’re not taking any undue risks.

 

Source: The Spruce