Ever since the discovery of electricity, many advances in technology have changed the very way we conduct our lifestyles. Without electricity, technology as we know it today would be non-existent. The use of electrical impulse in medicine and electrical charge technologies are still being perfected to this day. The following paragraphs will describe how they use of electricity has evolved over time, the disadvantages of electricity, and how electricity has changed the overall lifestyle of Americans. .
Most people visually remember the discovery of electricity from the stories of Benjamin Franklin's world-renowned kite-flying experiment in the middle of a thunderstorm. What Franklin discovered was static electricity, a usually harmless yet potentially dangerous form of electrical charge. Had it not been for the shelter Franklin was standing under, the dry length of string would have been wet and Franklin most likely would have been killed. What most people do not realize is that this is not the same form of power used in appliances today. Not even the direct current (DC) power that Thomas Edison produced with his generators to light the incandescent lamp was used. A man by the name of Nicola Telsa perfected a form of electrical current named alternating current (AC). This form of power, although dangerous, is a much more safer form of current than direct current at the same voltage. AC voltage has the capabilities, through step up and step down transformers, to travel great distances on high voltage power lines. If .
these lines, or any power cords or cables are grounded thru a conductive object such a person, the results are usually fatal. This brings us to disadvantages of electricity. .
Although AC power is a much more safer form of electricity, AC power can be just as dangerous as DC power. Presently, the U.S. the Department of Health requires all residential areas within city limits to be powered.