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The Possibility of Electrocution

Water is a powerful conductor of electricity and for that reason, it is important to have the correct type of electrical outlets installed in your home. Take a look around your house and, if you see that the outlets in your kitchen and bathroom appear the same as those in the rest of your house, you should call an electrical service to have them updated to help reduce your family’s risk of electrocution.

How Does Electric Shock and Lightning Work?

  • An electric shock occurs when a person comes into contact with an electrical energy source.
  • Electrical energy flows through a portion of the body causing a shock.
  • Exposure to electrical energy may result in no injury at all or may result in devastating damage or death.
  • Many people get electric shocks obtained from man-made objects such as electrical appliances, electrical wires, and electrical circuitry.
  • In addition, lightning strikes are a natural form of electric shock.
  • Burns are the most common injury from electric shock and lightning strikes.

What should I do if someone has been shocked?

A person who has been injured by contact with electricity should be seen by doctor. Here are some recommendations on what to do if someone has been shocked:

  • Don’t touch the injured person if he is still in contact with the electrical current.
  • Stay away from high-voltage wires until the power is turned off. Remember, overhead power lines usually aren’t insulated. Stay at least 20 feet away, and farther if wires are jumping, arcing and sparking.
  • Don’t move a person with an electrical injury unless he is in immediate danger.
  • Turn off the source of electricity, if possible. If not, move the source away from you and the person, using a dry, nonconducting object made of cardboard, plastic or wood. Begin CPR if the person shows no signs of circulation, such as breathing, coughing or movement.

Remembered few safety rules.

  • Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry around machinery
  • Never distract the attention of another person
  • Where required, you must wear protective equipment
  • Observe and practice the safety procedures established for the job
  • Keep your work area clean
  • Observe No Smoking regulations
  • Shut down your machine before cleaning, repairing or leaving it
  • Do not exceed a speed that is safe for existing conditions
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