I have an appliance that has the wires connected well and it has been grounded (earthed). If I accidentally get into contact with a live wire will I get electrocuted considering it has already been earthed?


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Getting into contact with a live wire will likely cause electrocution.

If an appliance is earthed, this prevents you getting electrocuted from exposed metal parts should they somehow come into contact with a live connection. When this happens the fuse will blow and the live connection will be dead.

Directly coming into contact with a live wire (that is still live) means electrocution irrespective of the exposed metal parts being earthed. Don't try this at home.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Or at school ... \$\endgroup\$
    – HKOB
    Feb 9, 2015 at 12:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ Or anywhere really \$\endgroup\$
    – Andy aka
    Feb 9, 2015 at 12:46

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