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Electrical Emergency Response

The following instructions provide guidelines for handling three types of electrical emergencies.

Electric Shock

When someone suffers serious electrical shock, he or she may be knocked unconscious. If the victim is still in contact with the electrical current, do not touch the person and immediately turn off the electrical power source. If you cannot disconnect the power source, try to separate the victim from the power source with a nonconductive object, such as a wood-handled broom. Have someone call for emergency medical assistance immediately. Administer first aid, as appropriate.

Do not touch a victim that is still in contact with a power source; you could electrocute yourself.

Electrical Fire

If an electrical fire occurs, try to disconnect the electrical power source, if possible. If the fire is small, you are not in immediate danger, and you have been trained in fighting fires, use any type of fire extinguisher except water to extinguish the fire.

Do not use water on an electrical fire.

Power Lines

Stay away from live power lines and downed power lines. Be particularly careful if a live power line is touching a body of water. The water could conduct electricity. If a power line falls on your car while you are inside, remain in the vehicle until help arrives.

May 2011
Revised November 2014