First Aid for Electrocution
- Turn off the source of power if possible or move the person away from the source using a dry, non-conducting object made of cardboard, rubber or wood.
- If the incident has happened outside the home or office, call the local Electricity Board Helpline number to disconnect the power, so as to prevent others from getting affected.
- Ensure you or someone calls the medical help right away and as the team arrives, do the following (priority is you being safe):
- Look for signs of breathing, coughing or movement.
- Remove the Clothing.
- Cool the affected body part with water by continuously pouring tap water for 20 minutes (do not use cold water as it can cause hypothermia (i.e., a state where the body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature).
- Clean the burned part and remove the dust, mud and apply ointment (silver nitrate composition) over the burnt area. (Do not keep the victim under the fan because if nerve endings are exposed, the victim may experience severe pain).
- Immediately start giving fluids.
- If there are no signs of circulation then wait for medical advice or look for people who can offer emergency CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation) till the medical assistance arrives. See video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbyV6Z_WQJQ