Electricians work in a dangerous industry, and sometimes, no matter how many precautions and safety measures they may take, they can still be prone to electrical accidents such as electrical shock, burns, or fires.
So part of the repertoire of an electrician’s skills should be the knowledge and ability to administer first aid to those who may be the victim of an electrical accident. These first aid methods may include:
For electrical burns, the best thing to do is to bring the injured to a doctor as soon as possible. Call 911 immediately, and if the person is still connected to an electrical current, do not attempt to touch that person. Instead, try and locate the source of the power and turn it off.
If a person is not moving or breathing, start administering CPR. Keep the person warm, and cover the injured area with a clean gauze bandage or a clean cloth. Try not to use cloths with loose fibers, like towels, because the fibers may stick to the burned areas of the skin.
Wait for emergency medical personnel to arrive. Try not to move the injured person because electrical burns may sometimes be more serious internally than what is apparent on the skin surface.
An electrical shock can cause electrical burns, but it may also result in other physical difficulties such as difficulty breathing, muscle contractions, pain, seizures, arrhythmia, and loss of consciousness.
Similar to administering to the victim of an electrical burn, make sure that the power source is turned off first. Use CPR if the person does not appear to be breathing, and cover any burned areas. Otherwise, wait for the emergency personnel to arrive to administer professional treatment.