Electricity makes our modern society, with its many conveniences, possible. Without electricity, we would not be able to light our homes, businesses and streets efficiently. Electricity makes it possible to send and receive information around the world, via our computers, phones and mass media such as television and radio.
But if not properly contained, electricity can be very hazardous to the human body. Consumer products cause thousands of shock injuries each year, the Electrical Safety Foundation International reports. Worst of all is when electrical current causes an electrocution, or fatal shock. On average, 60 people are electrocuted by products annually.