First Aid Measures

Risk of electric shock

What to do in case of an electric shock. (Photo Credits)

Electric shock can be very injurious. While it can be a mild jolt, it can easily escalate into an accident so intense that it can claim a life.

Knowing how to respond to electrical shocks is key to saving one’s life and that of the people surrounding the victim. American Lighting Association             

British Website Safety First Aid came out with a guide on the first aid treatment for an electrical shock victim. “If you suspect someone has received an electric shock you must ensure all power sources are isolated before you can treat the casualty. High Voltage (Shock) Overhead power cables are an example of a power source generating high voltage electricity. High voltage electricity has the ability to ‘jump’ or ‘arc’ up to distances of 18 metres or over. If faced with a casualty resulting from high voltage electricity: Do not approach! Stay at least 25 metres away from the casualty until the power has been switched off by an official agency i.e. Electricity Board.”

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First Aid for Electrical Shock

For domestic voltage levels, the website First Aid For Free published the initial steps a person must take when responding to an electrical shock. Master Electrician        

“Be alert for hazards! It is urgent that the casualty be disconnected from the electrical source, either by:  (1)  turning off the power supply and disconnecting any plugs from the outlet, and isolating the electricity supply at the main board/trip switches if possible; or (2) removing the casualty from the electrical source by pushing or pulling them with non conducting materials, eg, wooden stick or board, rope, or blanket. Be careful not to touch the casualty’s skin before the electrical source is disconnected, and be alert for the presence of water or conducting materials which may be in contact.”

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The Health Site also shared information on how to respond to an electrical Shock victim.

Keep in the mind that a person injured by an electric shock needs urgent medical attention, even if the person seems to be perfectly alright after the incident. The doctor might check the person for burns, fractures and any other injuries and if needed, might recommend a series of tests like ECG, blood test, CT scan or MRI.”

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Exercise caution when responding to electrical shocks.

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