1. Keep Calm
Panicking won’t help anyone, neither will screaming. As soon you become aware of the situation, take a deep breath and deal with the situation.
2. Establish a safe area
If the electric shock victim is in contact with the live apparatus, the electric power source must be isolated before attempting to attend to the victim. Secure the site of the accident to prevent injury to other people.
3. Assess the condition and stabilize the victim
The victim is to be assessed and rendered the necessary first aid treatment. Where required, apply basic life support:
Send for help
If no pulse is detected, continue CPR till medical personnel arrives.
4. Check for Other Injuries
If there is bleeding, apply pressure and elevate the wound if it is an arm or a leg. Check for fractures if the electric shock caused the person to fall.
5. When to Seek Medical Care
For high-voltage shocks (over 500 volts or a lightning strike), call 108. If you or the patient is unsure of the voltage exposure, seek medical care.
Following a low-voltage shock, call the doctor or go to an emergency room for the following reasons:
- If it has been more than 5 years since the affected person’s last tetanus booster
- Burns that are not healing well
- Burns with increasing redness, soreness or drainage
- Any electric shock if a woman is more than 20 weeks’ pregnant
- Any noticeable burn to the skin
- Any period of unconsciousness
- Any numbness, tingling, paralysis, vision, hearing or speech problems
- Any other worrisome symptoms or signs
6. At The Hospital
ECG, blood tests might be required. Remain calm at all times while dealing with doctors or nurses. A doctor will check the person for burns, fractures, dislocations and other injuries.
Devices such as a joy buzzer and most other machines in amusement parks today only use vibration that feels somewhat like an electric shock to someone not expecting it.
Disclaimer: The information included at this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment by a health care professional. Because of unique individual needs, the reader should consult their physician to determine the appropriateness of the information for the reader’s situation.