How to Help Someone Being Shocked

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How to Help Someone Being Shocked. If someone near you is being electrocuted, you must act quickly. Follow these steps to intervene and save a life.

Stopping Electrocution

Make sure you are not wet or standing on a wet surface.

Turn off the source of the electricity. Turning off the appliance may not stop the flow of electricity. You may need to unplug it or even turn off the circuit breaker.

Use non-conductive materials to pull the victim from the electrical source.

Make sure you pull the victim with the object while not touching the one being electrocuted.

Place her carefully on her back and check for breathing and a pulse.

Instructions for a Victim Who is Breathing and Has a Pulse

Perform the following, and then seek help. Call 911 if a phone is near.

Elevate the victim's feet over his head.

Keep him from moving(especially his head and neck.

Loosen his clothing.

Instructions to Help a Victim Who is Not Breathing or Lacks a Pulse

Perform 5 cycles (2 minutes each) of chest compressions on the victim.

Call 911.

Recheck for a heartbeat and breathing.

Resume CPR on the victim if the victim is not breathing and does not have a heartbeat. Perform rescue breathing if the victim has a pulse, but is not breathing.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the victim is vomiting, place her on her side.
  • Do not attempt to remove someone being electrocuted by power lines. Seek help, preferably professional assistance. Call 911 and the local power company.
  • The non-conductive material must be dry.
  • Do not give the victim anything to drink.
  • Do not apply anything to the burns.

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