Electricity is a fascinating energy that captures the attention and curiosity of many people. The most famous electrician was declared a retard and received no proper schooling. Fascinated with the potential of the energy, he went on to create the first operational light bulb and power plant.  Since then, his fascination has lead to the development and use of most everyday appliances. Food storage, communication and hygiene products are now all designed to benefit and operate from electrical currents. An electrician’s trade will always play a function in everyday life and must be prepared to adapt with changing demands and energy sources. Designed to be informative and interesting, below are five facts about being an electrician.

1. Fueled by Fascination

Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin and Frankenstein are three of the most famous people associated with the electrician’s trade. Edison didn’t invent the first light bulb, but he did invent the first one capable of lasting more than a few seconds. After being dismissed from school for mental retardation, Edison used his time wisely, inventing the first Christmas lights and more than a thousand other products. Franklin proved that lightning is made of the same stuff that operates Edison’s light bulb. With a kite, key and thunderstorm, he captured lightning’s energy. Frankenstein is another famous character who was given life by the same fascination that inspired the light bulb. Mary Shelley modeled her creation after experiments that used electric wire to mobilize frog legs.

2. Opened Historic Doors

An electrician’s line of work dates back farther than can be remembered and functions as a driving force in nature. The first functional light bulb was invented in 1879 by Edison. Edison also owned the first power plant, which opened in 1882. Pearl Street Station, the original power plant, had the ability to power only 800 light bulbs. Also in 1882, hydropower was discovered and used to provide lighting in two paper mills and one home. The next energy resource to be discovered was with wind. In 1888, Charles Brush used a windmill to charge multiple batteries, developing the first wind powered electricity. Electricity’s biggest upgrade came in 1954, when the first nuclear power plant was used to produce currents in Russia.

3. Wired to Everything

Being an electrician, gives someone a connection to just about everything that helps people function on a daily basis. It’s easy to take for granted what powers microwaves, stoves, refrigerators, computers, cell phones and televisions. The electricity that used to be a luxury back in the 1800s is now so common that it goes unacknowledged by most people every single day. Cell phones can be traced back to the invention of the first electric telegraph, which appeared in 1844. During the early 1900s, both the vacuum and refrigerator went electric. Then in history, the step occurred where things stopped being remade to be electric and started being originally designed with electric intent. Today, commonly found appliances such as computers, video games, stereos and coffee makers account for about 20 percent of the average home’s energy usage.

4. In the Electric Chair

It makes sense that a vocation operating just about everything used in an individual’s life would also have one of the highest death rates. Even the smallest of electrical currents can create an irregular heart beat and are potentially fatal. Safety education is an essential part of an electrician’s job and education. All the wiring and metal that goes into creating a functional household or office comes with a high price. Death by electrocution is one of the top causes of fatality in the workplace. Families, owners and operators need to be advised in the proper use of socket protectors and other safety measures. Helping to keep children and everyone else safe, an electrician not only keeps modern technology running, but also keeps it from destroying those who use it. Ironically, the electric chair was invented by a dentist.

5. Keeping Up with the Flow

Electricity is neither a renewable or non-renewable resource. It can be created from just about anything. Currently though, nonrenewable resources are powering most of the plants found in the United States. Coal run power plants accommodate more than half of the country’s energy needs. Currently electricians have to prepare for changing future. As the coal runs out, newer and more renewable energy sources will rise to take its place. Hydropower, wind power and solar power are the new electric current producers that electricians must intimately get to know. Already, more than 10,000 homes are powered by solar panels.

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