What is electric fencing and how do you use it to your advantage?
What Is an Electric Fence and How Does It Work?
An electric fence is made up of two arms that are connected by an open electrical circuit.
The first arm is the fence, which is linked to the Fence energiser's power terminal. Make sure this is fully shielded from any other conductive material, either with plastic insulators or a 3cm air gap. It can be a single line away from the energiser and does not have to loop back on itself.
The second arm is the field, which is connected to the energiser's Earth terminal through an earth stake or post. As a result, there is an open electrical circuit.
Is an Electric Fence Dangerous?
An electric fence is not inherently risky. Although the voltage sent through the wires is strong, the current or amplification (amps) is quite poor. As long as the current or amps are the same, a 220-volt shock will hurt just as much as a 10,000-volt shock. Amps are the ones who kill you. Electric fence energisers generate a lot of voltage (around 8,000 volts) but very little amperage or current (around 120 milliamps). This is a 120-thousandth-of-an-amp signal.
This performance is made secure in two ways. First, the flow of electrons from the capacitor is released in normal bursts of high voltage yet low current. The amperage part of the electrical charge is reduced to values between 15 and 500 milliAmps. (The majority of units run between 100 and 150 milliAmps.)
What effect does electric current have on animals?
When an animal comes into contact with an electrical cable, it experiences a muscle contraction similar to a muscle cramp in humans. With a constant flow of current, such as that provided by mains electricity, the grabbing effect occurs, which is extremely dangerous since the victim is unable to release the source of the current. The cramping caused by an electric fence is only temporary, and the victim may move away from the source of electricity.
What Happens If a Child Gets Their Hands on It?
A child would be surprised if they hit both the hot and ground wires. It will sting for about 10 minutes, but it will not be incapacitating, leave a burn mark, or cause death. Electric fencing cannot destroy or permanently harm anyone because of its low current and pulsating nature. An electric fence, on the other hand, should be kept away from children.
How Does Electric Fencing Protect Your Family?
An energiser creates a high voltage pulse by converting power from the battery or the mains. Every 1-2 seconds, this pulse (commonly referred to as the shock felt when hitting the fence) is repeated. To say the least, this shock is unpleasant. Electric fences aren't meant to destroy people; rather, they're meant to keep intruders out of your property. The amps are low when the volts are high, but the higher the amps, the more deadly it becomes.