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How should I care for an electrical burn?

If you encounter a person with an electrical burn, you should:
  • Never go near the person until you are sure he or she is not still in contact with the power source.
  • Turn off the power at its source and care for any life-threatening conditions.
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number. Any person who has suffered an electrical shock needs to be evaluated by a medical professional to determine the extent of injury.
  • Be aware that electrocution can cause cardiac and respiratory emergencies. Therefore, be prepared to perform CPR or use an automated external defibrillator (AED).
  • Care for shock and thermal burns.

  • Look for entry and exit wounds and give the appropriate care.
  • Remember that anyone suffering from electrical shock requires advanced medical care.

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