Can You Get Electrocuted Through the Phone?

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No phone carries an electrical current strong enough to worry about being electrocuted by one. There are situations in which you can be electrocuted through a phone -- but the odds are on par with getting struck by lightning (literally).

Weak Charge, Covered in Plastic

  • It is implausible that you will be electrocuted by any type of phone, because you are mostly gripping components made of plastic (unless you are still using a tin can). Even if you were to grab the internal hardware of a phone as it rings, the electrical charge would not be enough to do you harm -- phones use a small fraction of an amp. A normal household wall outlet provides 15 amps.

Lightning

  • A person can be electrocuted by a land-line or a charging cellphone if lightning strikes either the phone line or the electric line supplying that outlet. This is the worst-case scenario -- most houses have "ground" wires that direct such currents away from the house, and these wires would have to be cut or damaged.

Keep Your Cells Dry

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  • Photo Credit telegraph pole image by Alison Bowden from Fotolia.com wireless phone image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com
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