Electricity happens to be beautiful form of energy, needed for the comfortable existence of man. It might be referred to as one of man’s greatest inventions. Conversely, it is also a very deadly form of energy in the aspect of electric shocks and electrocutions.
Most energy consumers don’t know what to do in the case of electric shock or electrocutions. This is why Sparkmedia has thought it wise to enlighten power users on what to do to savage an electric shock or electrocution situation courtesy of the Nigerian Electricity Management Service Agency (NEMSA).
Many persons have lost their lives in an attempt to innocently rescue persons under the influence of electric shock. Here are some applicable tips you need to know about handling such situations.
In case of electrocution, the emergency procedures to follow are:
- Separate the electrocuted person from the point of contact or source of electricity using safety hand gloves, or insulated material and avoid body contact with the victim.
- Unplug the appliance, if plug is undamaged or switch off power via appropriate switching device, circuit breaker, fuse box or outside switch.
- If it is not possible to turn off power, separate the victim from the point of contact or source of electricity using a non-conducting object such as wooden or plastic broom handle, plastic chair or rubber foot mat.
- If high voltage lines are involved, the local power or utility company must be informed to switch off the feeder or source of supply immediately.
- If power line fall on a car, passenger should stay inside unless an explosion or fire threatens.
- When you can safely touch the person, check if the person is breathing or does not have pulse.
- Immediately carry out Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), first aid treatment on the victim and call for emergency /ambulance for proper medical attention.
- Remember to report the incident to the utility company in charge of the distribution network area and invite us (NEMSA) to investigate the possible cause of the incident.