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How many volts or amps would it take to kill an average person?

How many volts or amps would it take to kill an average person IF the current is confined to the brain alone?



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  1. in men 15mA flowing through the body at minimum and in women 9mA. it should be noted that touching a wire containing these current values would not kill you by any means. since your body has a relatively high resistance when you touch a wire with this amount of current the current flowing through your body would be minimal. probaly in the order of nanoamps. in terms of line current tho, 5-10A could probably kill you…it should also be noted that this current flowing through your body wont kill you instantaneously. the higher the current flowing through your body the less time it would take to kill you…

  2. It depends on the frequency and the location of the current. A 50 or 60-Hz AC current can induce Ventricular fibrillation (hart malfunction).

  3. WHow much current travels through you is directly related to how much voltage the source you are being shocked from and your body’s resistance. The higher the voltage compared to your resistance the higher the resulting current will be. And it takes very little current to kill a person. Typically between 50 and 100 mili-amps flowing through a persons heart can kill them by sending there heart into ventricular fibrilation. The amount of current flowing through the source of shock is not what determines how much current flows through your body.

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