First aid for electrical burns
Electrical burns can be caused either by high or low voltage current. High voltage current can jump or arc distances up to 18 meters or over. In such instances, do not approach the casualty. Stay at least 25 meters away until the power source have been turned off by the official agency.
- Approach the scene if safe to do so and switch off the power supply
- Access the casualty’s airways and breathing and be prepared to resuscitate if necessary.
- Treat any burns you find appropriately
- Reassure the casualty
- Request an ambulance, providing clear and precise details of the casualty’s condition.
“First aid for electrical burns”
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