Electric Shock

What to Do in Case of Electric Shock

Electric shock
Don't forget .
  1. Generally, the only outward sign of internal burns is electrical marks at the contact points. Internal damage may thus be much more serious than the external injuries suggest.
  2. The higher the current, the greater the risk of sudden death.
  3. The higher the voltage and the longer the contact with the current, the more severe the burns.
  4. The victim of a serious or worrisome electric shock should receive immediate medical attention.
  5. Electrical accidents are rare, but they can be very serious.

If the shock victim felt the current pass through his or her body or if the shock victim is pregnant

Take the victim to a hospital emergency room immediately

A witness to the accident should always accompany the victim to emergency.

If the shock victim

  • remains held by the source of current;
  • loses consciousness;
  • is thrown by the shock;
  • touched a voltage source of more than 600 V;
  • has burn marks on skin at points of contact with current. Generally, the only outward sign of internal burns is electrical marks at the contact points. Internal damage may thus be much more serious than the external injuries suggest.

Call an ambulance

A witness to the accident should always accompany the victim to emergency.

If the victim seems held by the current or is still in contact with it

Don't touch the victim. You might get a shock, too!

Disengage the victim from the electric current by

  • cutting the power at the source or
  • using a nonconductive object to free the victim from the energy source without touching him or her directly.

Call an ambulance

A witness to the accident should always accompany the victim to emergency.


If the victim is unconscious, has stopped breathing or has no detectable pulse after being released from the current
  • Call for help and dial 911.
  • Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) until the ambulance arrives. A severe electric shock may cause cardiac arrest. But if the heart is uninjured, CPR can be extremely effective.

Don't forget-with electricity, there's no such thing as a minor hazard. Just a lucky break . or a deadly combination of circumstances.

Prevention is the best way to protect yourself from injury due to electric shock.
Take a few minutes to check out three short animations that could prevent you from having a serious accident.

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