The production of electricity from water can be counted as mans greatest discovery after the fire and wheel. Who would have believed that electricity would have such a bearing on our lives. Like the fire, electricity is also a very good servant but a bad master. The electrical power is the main currency that man used in its neck break development. In its natural form electricity is very mild. It becomes lethal when grid together in enormous quantities. It then becomes the strength to light up a million homes and also make large industries work. In human beings, electric shocks can cause muscle contraction and severe tissue burns, which if the voltage is high can lead to death. And no, electric shock does not make your hair stand or makes your skeleton visible, but is so painful that the victim will feel the hair standing and the skeleton coming out of the body. For helping anyone with electrical shock, read the article below to know some first aid tips.
First Aid Tips For Electric Shock
- When you see an electric shock victim, then first of all find the power supply switch and disconnect it. To save time it is better to pull off the fuse, as unless the main power supply is turned off, there is no guarantee that the flow of electricity is stopped.
- If you can’t turn off the current then the victim must be pulled away from the source. Don’t touch the victim with your hands as you will also get electrocuted. But instead use a dry wooden pole or any such things which do not conduct the current. You may have to use a bit of force to separate the victim from the electric source.
- Since the victim gets stuck to the source, the first thing you must do is to separate him or her from it. Don’t immediately touch the victim and take care to wear rubber shoes or sandals. Keep your body especially the hands dry.
- Don’t stand on anything that is wet, instead place clothes or paper.
- After you have separated the victim, check the pulse to see if it is slow or normal. If the breathing is slow then you can administer Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
- Lay the victim such that the head is slightly lower than the body and also rise the legs a little. Take care not to move the victim much so as not to aggravate other injuries and cover him or her with a blanket to keep warm.
- If there is no severe injury give the victim warm fluids to drink.
- Also, do not cover the body area if there is a burn, instead rinse it in cold water. Apply anti burn cream and then dress it.
- As soon as possible call for emergency medical attention. Extreme pain can result in shock and also heart attack so it is better to call for an ambulance. In case of heart attack you can apply chest compression to maintain the blood flow to the brain, heart and lungs. This should be done with care and don’t attempt if you are not confident enough.