# Is sticking a fork in an outlet safe? Considering body resistance and outlet voltage [closed]

I was reading this question: How much voltage is "dangerous"? and it seems to me that in the right conditions, connecting yourself to a live outlet is perfectly okay.

I am in the United States, 120v hot lines @ 60Hz. Let's say the following are using your right hand/arm. So no circuit completed through the heart.

If I stuck a fork in the "hot" line an outlet, and touched it with a finger, R of body is about 40k ohms, so 120/40000=3mA. I would barely feel this.

Even if I grabbed the fork, R of body is about 15k ohms, so 120/15000=8mA. This would hurt just a bit!

Is my math here correct? Is this activity actually safe? The linked question says the induced currents would be fine.

I know there are other circumstances that change the body's resistance, but I am just considering the circumstances mentioned above.

## closed as primarily opinion-based by Michel Keijzers, Voltage Spike, Dmitry Grigoryev, Lior Bilia, Sparky256Aug 1 '18 at 0:03

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• Looks like your mind closes down on that fork fallacy with the sudden snap and tenacious grip of a steel trap! – jonk Jul 29 '18 at 5:42
• Is this your entry form for a Darwin Award? Really, don’t touch any circuit which has more than 3v.... – Solar Mike Jul 29 '18 at 6:57
• Is running across a busy road blindfolded a dangerous act? – Andy aka Jul 29 '18 at 10:14
• Sure it's safe, use a plastic fork! – Jasen Jul 29 '18 at 10:44
• Death from 12V DC (across the chest) has happened. 50VDC hand to hand is usually safeish but death could happen. 110 VAC mains will happily kill you, if allowed. – Russell McMahon Jul 29 '18 at 13:48