First aid techniques are designed to help those who have been injured, and they could potentially save a life. This applies to electric shock first aid techniques too, whether the shock involved was minor or more serious.
Firstly, you must not put yourself at risk if the person who has received a shock is still in contact with the current, or you believe they might be. Before you can reach them, you must make sure you break contact and you yourself are not at risk. You can do this by using something wooden, or something made from strong cardboard or plastic. Never use anything made from metal.
Call for emergency help
Unless the shock is very mild and the person exhibits no signs of ill health, you should call 999 for emergency help. While you are waiting, you can turn off the electricity if possible, or use something as mentioned above to move the source away from the person. Always ensure whatever you use is dry.
Check and see if the injured person is breathing and has a circulation. CPR will be necessary to try and save their life if these are not present. If they are breathing, they may still be unconscious. Place them in the recovery position and cover them with something to keep them warm.
Could electric shock first aid save a life?
It could help someone who has been subjected to a shock, as you may already know. Perhaps you were the person who received the shock, and someone else assisted you. If so, you may be wondering if negligence contributed to your injuries. Was there an exposed cable or wire that should have been dealt with, perhaps at work, or in a shop or other premises where the public were welcome?
If you suspect you were the victim of a case of negligence, and someone else helped you by giving you electric shock first aid, you have a right to find out whether negligence was the cause of what happened. Call 0800 689 0500 to contact Accident Advice Helpline for expert advice now, or call 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. When you do, you have an opportunity to see if one of our professional lawyers could accept your no-win, no-fee claim to fight for compensation for you. One quick call is all it takes.
Date Published: April 10, 2017
Author: Rob Steen