Electric Facts

safety-village-bigboyHey, did you know…

There are many animals who use electricity, such as the electric eel who lives in South America, the torpedo fish in the Atlantic coast and the Pacific coast and the electric catfish who lives in Africa.

Electricity has been around hundreds, perhaps thousands of years before man has ever even thought about it. It can occur naturally, like in animals or lightning.



  • Electrical energy travels at the speed of light – approximately 186,000 miles per second.
  • Contrary to popular belief, Thomas Edison didn’t “invent” the light bulb. After working on the project for one and a half years, he achieved success when an incandescent lamp with a filament of carbonized sewing thread burned for thirteen and a half hours.
  • Electricity tries to find the easiest path to the ground.
  • Benjamin Franklin didn’t discover electricity – but he did prove that lightning is a form of electrical energy.
  • Electricity occurs in nature – lightning, static electricity and in animals like electric eels.
  • Electricity can be produced from coal, gas, water, wind, the sun, or even garbage!
  • Lightning has been observed within the atmospheres of other planets, such as Venus, Jupiter and Saturn.
  • Trees are frequent conductors of lightning to the ground. Since sap is a poor conductor, its electrical resistance causes it to be heated explosively into steam, which blows off the bark outside the lightning’s path.



How do birds sit safely on electric power lines?

       Ans: This is possible because a bird only touches one line. If the bird were to touch another line or pole the electricity would travel through the bird, either to the ground or another wire.