Arc flash video
Demonstrations and testing for electrical safety and FR apparel

Every year thousands of workers are treated for severe burns from arc flash accidents. An electrical arc flash is immediate and if not properly prepared has changes lives in ways most people don’t like to think about. But if you work with electrical equipment you need to think about it. Because fortunately arc flash hazards can be minimized and reduced through fastidious safety precautions, including knowledge of how and when arc flash can occur, and always wearing compliant (or better) safety gear and clothing.

The following videos have been produced and recorded by various sources. They all demonstrate the intense power and dangers of an arc flash while performing sometimes routine electrical work. Some are videos of laboratory testing of arc flash conditions and severity. Others are merely demonstrations, while some show real live arc flashes.

Any video that shows a real person being harmed from an arc flash is noted as some people may not wish to see real-world results from an arc flash.

We will continue to add resources on arc flash prevention and preparation. This page is intended to convey the real life dangers and severity of an arc flash, because some people just don’t take workplace safety until they see the dangers for themselves.

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Flame resistant PPE and apparel from Benchmark can help protect you from the power demonstrated on this page.

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Electrical Explosions and Arcing

This video was posted by MyEarbot at YouTube

Compilation video demonstrating the awesome power resulting from arc flashing.

There are a couple of videos in this compliation that are posted individually on this page.

Arc Flash with Test Dummy

This video was posted by InfraredDude at YouTube

Witness a controlled arc flash explosion on a test dummy. The end of the video shows stats and facts about the resulting blast.

From the video description:

Arc Flash / Arc Blast sends over 2,000 workers across the US and Canada to burn centers each year.

Always wear the required PPE (Personal Protection Equipment).

Prevent arc flash triggers with closed pannel inspections… for more information, visit www.iriss.com

Electric Arc Flash explosion Accident video still

NOTE: This video is not embedded by request of the poster InfraredDude and will take you to YouTube.

34 to 13kv Flash Incident

This video was posted by voadigital at YouTube

Here we see rampant arcing on powerlines in an area neighborhood that eventually becomes
to arc on and in connected houses.

In the words of one television transmission engineer (idsound) who commented on the video at YouTube, "This video gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “power surge” as well as a renewed respect for the amount of energy the power distribution system can deliver."

Large Electrical Explosion Live on News

This video was posted by MSuLL at YouTube

No one is hurt in this example of an electrical arc occuring on power lines during a routine remote news broadcast.

Just for fun! Don’t touch it!

This original Lego animation is by Dreambricks Productions and LegoDude8000 at YouTube

Westex Inc. Series of Arc Flash and Flame Resistance Testing

Westex Live Arc Flash Top Ten No Manikin NM #1

This video was posted by assecentralflorida at YouTube

Testing a claim that you would be safe at 18 inches away from a 30amp disconnect with an arc well below 3 calories.

Westex Live Arc Flash Top Ten No Manikin NM #3

This video was posted by assecentralflorida at YouTube

Category 2 arc with cotton/polyester shirt and pants.

Westex Live Arc Flash Top Ten No Manikin NM #9

This video was posted by assecentralflorida at YouTube

Surprising result from a category 1 arc test.

Westex Live Arc Flash Top Ten Poly-Cotton Non-FR NM #3

This video was posted by assecentralflorida at YouTube

Category 2 arc with cotton/polyester shirt and pants (no flame resistance).

Westex Live Arc Flash Top Ten Poly-Cotton Non-FR #5

This video was posted by assecentralflorida at YouTube

Overhead view of Category 2 arc with cotton/polyester shirt and pants (no flame resistance).

Westex Live Arc Flash Top Ten 100% Cotton Non-FR #6

This video was posted by assecentralflorida at YouTube

Another example wildly different results from Category 2 arc with cotton/polyester shirt and pants (no flame resistance).

Westex Live Arc Flash Top Ten 100% Cotton Non-FR #8

This video was posted by assecentralflorida at YouTube

You think that 100% cotton is safe. Watch this video to dispel that myth.

Westex Live Arc Flash Top Ten Poly-Cotton Non-FR #9

This video was posted by assecentralflorida at YouTube

Another Poly-cotton blend no flame resistance test.

 


The following videos contain real people who are being or have been harmed by arc flash explosions. Please be aware before watching.


 

 

 

Arc Blast

This video was posted by smokeeater5912 at YouTube

Here three electrical workers are inspecting a 138KV when an arc flash occurs.

NOTE: While the video is shocking, there are no graphic images and the workers seem relatively okay, though one worker continues to strip of his PPE indicating
some level of discomfort. Hopefully though he will be fine.

Electric Arc Flash Accident

NOTE: Shows real people harmed by an arc flash; Disturbing images of arc flash burn victims.

This video was posted by safety4lifelong at YouTube

Here you will see the first moments of another arc flash accident (posted above) immediately followed by images of arc flash burn victims.

This video is a powerful example for extreme care when performing any electrical work.

From the video description:

Electric Arc Flash can cause second and third degree burn or death. If you work with electricity, PROTECT YOURSELF.