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Prompt action can save lives in the case of electrical emergencies:
- Move the victim away from power safely…NEVER TOUCH A PERSON WHO IS IN CONTACT WITH A SOURCE OF ELECTRICITY.
- Turn off the power before touching the victim, if possible.
- If you cannot turn the power off, use a non-conducting tool, such as a rope or wooden stick, to move the person.
- Electricity always looks for the easiest path to the ground and can flow through your body if you are between the electric circuit and ground. If you are not touching the ground, but touching something that is in contact with the ground (tree, ladder, victim, etc.), you are still in danger.
- If the victim is touching a power line, stay clear and call for help.
After the victim is away from the power source:
- Check breathing and pulse. Give rescue breathing or CPR when necessary if you’ve been trained. Otherwise, get immediate medical help.
- Continue rescue breathing or CPR until medical help arrives.
- Treat minor burns at the point of contact with cool water, then cover with a clean, dry cloth.
- Cover serious burns with a sterile dry cloth and get immediate medical attention.
- Never use ointment, ice, or butter on a burn.
- Never try to remove clothing from burned skin.
- Treat victim for shock by keeping him or her lying down with feet elevated until help arrives.
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