The No~Shock~Zone ™Jul 22nd, 2010 | By Mike Sokol | Category: General
It all started with a simple shock. I tried to stop a lawnmower engine when I was 10 years old by pulling off the spark plug wire with my bare hands. Now, over four decades later I can still remember that feeling of a big hand slamming me to the ground. That was my first lesson about the force of electricity and what it feels like to be shocked.
Since then I’ve gone onto really big electrical jobs, first designing and wiring my own musical instruments and amplifiers, then designing packaging robotics for Corning Glass, and even building control modules for nuclear missile guidance systems. You might think I would be tired of electricity by now, but for the last 10 years I’ve been the lead instructor for the HOW-To Sound Workshops, where I drive 40,000 miles a year around the country teaching hundreds of churches how to run their own sound systems. And the more I taught sound mixing classes at churches, the more electrical danger seemed to be everywhere. That gave me the idea for electrical safety clinics which would teach everyone how to make their stages into a No~Shock~Zone where musicians could play music without fear of being electrocuted.
Then a second epiphany occured. We started reading that RVers were being shocked by improper wiring at campsites. Now, I’m no stranger to RVing since my own family camped through 40 states and half of Canada by the time I was 16 years old. My parents finally graduated to a 26′ Hi-Lo once us kids were out of the house, and that’s when I began to see all the various combinations of 120V, 240V and 20, 30 or 50 amp campsite power receptacles, plus the boatload of adapters needed to hookup an RV. And since I’m an engineering/scientist kinda guy, I began to wonder just how many people get shocked on their RVs each year. Go to http://new.noshockzone.org/15/ for the full article, but it’s really quite alarming. According to the 1,200 readers who answered the survey we just ran in RVtravel.com this past July, some 21% of all RVers have felt a shock at some time. And that’s just way too many.
This website will do it’s best to lower that number by providing articles, pictures, and videos about how to create a No~Shock~Zone on your music stage or RV campsite, all taught so that anyone can understand electrical safety fundamentals and how to avoid getting shocked.
Hey, we want you all to be safe out there….