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First Aid For Electric Shock

Children, especially toddlers, love sticking their little fingers anywhere and everywhere, especially into plug points and sockets. The human body is a good conductor of electricity, and contact with a live power source can cause significant burns, or may interfere with the heart's electrical system.

Everyone has received minor electric shocks sometime or the other, which are no cause for concern. But once in a while, a lose wire or a faulty household appliance can shock the life out of you - literally. Most of the
fatal electric shocks happen at home. 

Here's what you can do if it happens in your home. 

  • The victim usually gets stuck to the source of the electricity, and it is important that you first separate him from the electrical source.
  • Turn off the power supply switch and disconnect the plug. It's best to simply turn off the main power supply or pull out the fuse. Often, simply turning off the switch may not stop the flow of electricity.
  • In certain circumstances it may be quicker to simply pull the victim away from the electrical source.
  • Do NOT touch the victim with your bare hands, or the electric current will pass through you as well.
  • If you are barefoot, stand of some clothes or any hand non-conductive material like wood or paper. Make sure you are not standing on anything that is wet.
  • Throw a blanket over the victim and try to separate him from the source. Maje sure you don't touch him though. You could also use dry, nonconductive material such as a wooden broom handle or a chair to separate the victim from the live current. whatever is handy.
  • Once the victim has been separated, check to see if he is breathing. If breathing has stopped or seems slow, administer CPR immediately.
  • Let his head be slightly lower than the rest of the body, and raise his legs.
  • Cover the victim with a blanket.
  • Move the victim as little as possible. He may have suffered injuries to his spine and neck.
  • If the victim has a burn, remove the clothing from the burned area (unless it's stuck to the skin) and rinse it in cool, running water. Cover the burn with a dressing.
  • Don't apply ice or any other ointment or cotton dressing to the burn.
  • Call for emergency medical attention as soon as possible.

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Country: India

we should wear rubber slippers while seprating the victim from an electric shock
Country: India

we should wear rubber slippers while seprating the victim from an electric shock
Name: nag
Country: India

isolate yourself from grounding while operating electrical switches, artificial respiratory chart chart to be displayed in electrical room
Name: S
Country: India

Name: Manoj mundel
Country: India

nice information.
Name: sahil
Country: India

tere maa da choola
Name: Deepali
Country: India

nice information on first aid warning of electric shock.
Name: jimmy
Country: Pakistan

proper grounding
Name: sunil
Country: India

i want more information
Name: Ajit
Country: India

nice information. however the critical steps before administering the cpr needs to be emphasised. the judgement of the first aider in ascertaining the response and the requirement of cpr for the victim is of paramount importance. if victim is having his circulation normal with temporary seizure of breath, then mouth to mouth artificial respiration should suffice and once breathing is normal, bring him to recovery position till medical assistance is obtained.
Name: aruny
Country: India

i am sorry.
Name: yoyo
Country: Japan

i think i have been shock from the electric.
Name: me
Country: Turkey

i think of shock.
Name: Atoo
Country: nigeria

i will like to get afull information on first aid on electric shock victim.reply to
Name: derek
Country: australia

this site is brilliant
Name: Lisa
Country: usa

i was on the cell phone while opening the microwave. it felt as though a lightening bolt hit me in the neck. i imagine it could only be an electric shock. there is alot of rain outside although i had shoes on and wasn't near water.
Country: india

this site provides good information on first aid awarng ppl on watcan be done if u r in a situion of gettin an electric shock.
Name: Caitlen
Country: england

this gives good information
Name: fern
Country: other

how do you do first aid on a victim of electric shock?
Name: camille
Country: canada

i almost died then suddenly, after a few seconds, i have recovered and gain power
Country: usa

it had good information
Name: Ricky
Country: england

i was shocked once and was sent to hospitial
Name: gbenjo
Country: other

i just got electric shock in my house
Name: claire
Country: england

what is the first aid you proceder for electric shock
Name: dan
Country: usa

i just got shocked and i was jirating and it was scary

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