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Electric Burn Tips
Electrical burns are a medical emergency. An electrical burn may look minor on the outside, but electricity can cause serious internal damage, including burns and heart rhythm disturbances.
Last Updated - 16th November 2005
- Keep electrical cords out of the reach of small children and pets.
- Plug bare electrical sockets with plastic inserts.
- Have frayed power cords replaced.
- Unplug lamps before replacing a light bulb.
- Turn off the power at the circuit breaker when replacing bulbs in ceiling or wall lights.
- Unplug all appliances when making repairs.
- During a lightning storm, take cover inside a car, large building, house or seek low ground.
- Do not stand under a tree during a lightning storm.
- Call your doctor for any electrical burns.
- If a person stops breathing, has no pulse or fell, Seek emergency services immediately.
Precautions and Treatment
- Do not approach victim until you are sure the surrounding area is safe.
- Disconnect the power source if possible.
- If you feel tingling in your lower body while approaching a victim, turn around and hop to a safe place.
- Do not move wires off the victim unless you are sure the power has been disconnected.
- When safe to approach the victim, check is airway, breathing and circulation.
- If necessary, begin rescue breathing and CPR.
- To prevent shock, raise the victim's legs 8 to 12 inches and keep the victim warm.
- Cover burns with dry, sterile dressing.
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