How do you treat an electrical burn?

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Someone who has an electrical burn should seek immediate medical attention at an A&E department.

Answered by Sarah, Electrical Safety Expert

The NHS recommends the following:

Electrical burns may not look serious, but they can be very damaging. Someone who has an electrical burn should seek immediate medical attention at an A&E department.

If the person has been injured by a low-voltage source (up to 220 to 240 volts) such as a domestic electricity supply, safely switch off the power supply or remove the person from the electrical source using a material that doesn't conduct electricity, such as a wooden stick or a wooden chair.

Do not approach a person who's connected to a high-voltage source (1,000 volts or more).

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