The human body is an efficient conductor of electricity. When a casualty receives an electric shock from a household appliance or a
power line, the electricity is conducted through the body. A casualty may receive significant burns or the electric shock may interfere
with the hearts electrical system. Burns to the casualty may be greater than they appear on the surface.
When attending a casualty exposed to electricity, DANGER is the priority. Be alert for danger to yourself and to
other rescuers, and approach the scene with caution.
Be alert for danger! It is urgent that the casualty be disconnected from the electrical source, either by:
turning off the power supply and disconnecting any plugs from the outlet, and isolating the electricity supply at the main
powerboard if possible, or
removing the casualty from the electrical source by separation with non conducting materials, eg., wooden stick or board, rope,
Be careful not to touch the casualtys skin before the electrical source is disconnected, and be alert for the presence of water or
conducting materials which may be in contact.
Damaged high voltage sources can cause the entire scene of an accident to become live, especially where water or other materials
are in contact with the electricity. Protect yourself and others.
When high voltage electricity is involved in an accident, DO NOT touch the casualty until the scene has been declared safe by the
relevant electrical authorities or workplace supervisor. DO NOT approach the scene if you feel any unusual sensations, such as
tingling through your footwear.
The tyres insulate people inside a car with fallen power lines across them, so tell them to stay inside the car and not to jump out.
Ensure that all bystanders do not approach the scene and remain at least six metres away from the nearest suspected energised