What do I do if someone has had, or is getting, an electric shock?

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It may not be immediately clear, but if you think someone is suffering from electric shock, approach with extreme caution

Answered by Dave, Electrical Safety Expert

It may not be immediately clear, but if you think someone is suffering from electric shock, approach with extreme caution.

The first step is to separate the person from the source of electricity as quickly as possible. The best way of doing this is to turn off the supply, for example, by unplugging the appliance or by turning the mains off at the fusebox (consumer unit).

If this isn’t possible, then try to remove the source of electricity from the person using a piece of insulating material, such as a length of wood.

NEVER touch the person receiving the electric shock, or you could suffer one too.

After removing the person from the source of electricity, if the person is unconscious call for an ambulance immediately. Only those with the necessary knowledge and skill should carry out first aid.

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