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What are bleed resistors?

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A safety issue is that any motors should either have their shafts parted or have shaft guards fitted. Other safety issues are that any ventilation holes should be small enough to prevent childrens' fingers from reaching through to electrical harnesses. It is also possible for the capacitors in a phase converter to hold their charge for a considerable time (days even) and give a very nasty electrical shock. For this reason converter manufacturers fit warning labels and/or discharge resistors (colloquially referred to as bleed resistors as they short circuit the capacitors). These bleed resistors are a potential cause of converter failures and so they might only be fitted on the larger capacitors.