|MLA Citation:||Bloomfield, Louis A. "Question 876"|
How Everything Works 20 Jan 2018. 20 Jan 2018 <http://howeverythingworks.org/print1.php?QNum=876>.
However, a small current passing through your body won't cause injury. It takes about 0.030 amperes or 30 milliamperes to cause a life-threatening disturbance to your "electric system." The small currents associated with static electricity are not enough to cause trouble, even through they easily pass through your skin. So high voltages are needed to break through your protective barrier—your skin—in order to give you a shock, but large currents are needed to injury you.