Go to content Go to site map

Electrical Emergency Response

Skip breadcrumb navigation

The following instructions provide guidelines for handling three types of electrical
emergencies:

(1) Electric Shock: when someone suffers serious electrical shock, he or she may be knocked unconscious. If the victim is still in contact with the electrical current, immediately turn off the electrical power source. If you cannot disconnect the power source, try to separate the victim from the power source with a nonconductive object, such as a wood-handled broom.

IMPORTANT: Do not touch a victim that is still in contact with a power source; you could electrocute yourself

Have someone call for emergency medical assistance immediately. Administer first-aid, as appropriate.

(2) Electrical Fire: if an electrical fire occurs, try to disconnect the electrical power source, if possible. If the fire is small, you are not in immediate danger, and you have been trained in fighting fires, use any type of fire extinguisher except water to extinguish the fire.

IMPORTANT: Do not use water on an electrical fire.

(3) Power Lines: Stay away from live power lines and downed power lines. Be particularly careful if a live power line is touching a body of water. The water could conduct electricity. If a power line falls on your car while you are inside, remain in the vehicle until help arrives.