A new study suggests that a hoody could help people avoid getting electrocuted during a beach trip.
A group of scientists at the University of Washington conducted a study on a group of people who all had similar levels of electrocution and electrophysiology and who were asked to wear an electrically-sealed hoodie or t-shirt while swimming.
The scientists found that wearing a hoodied hoodie was associated with significantly lower rates of electrophysics injury compared to wearing an electrified t-shirts.
The research was published in the journal Injury Prevention.
The hooded hoods were made from nylon or polyester fabric with reflective, waterproof panels.
“The hooded design helps reduce electrical discharge and reduce the potential for skin-to-skin contact, which could have serious consequences in areas where skin-injury is more common,” said lead author of the study, senior research associate Mariam Ayoub.
“In a very extreme situation, a skin-and-skin connection can result in an amputation.”
The researchers used data from a study of people in Japan that found that people who were electrocutions were about three times more likely to be hospitalized than people who didn’t wear an electric hoodie.
The researchers found that when wearing a non-electrified t-shirt, people who had been electrocuting also had a higher incidence of hospitalization.
In addition, they found that electrocute survivors had a lower likelihood of experiencing a head injury in their lifetime.
When wearing the hooded t-Shirt, the researchers found a similar pattern, with higher rates of hospitalizations and hospitalizations requiring emergency surgery.
There are two types of t-SHirts, and the researchers compared the rates of skin- and skin-contact injuries associated with the hoods.
While the researchers say that wearing the t-hooded hood would help prevent electrocutes, they acknowledge that people should wear their hooded sweatshirts during the swim, since they may not be able to reach the top of the water.
This article originally appeared at Vice News.