It is true that we are exposed to electricity every day and in almost every aspect of our work and home lives to the point where Power lines start to fade into background because we see them so often.
True or false:
- A 100 watt lightbulb uses about 1000 milliamps or 1 amp of current?
- 5 milliamps will trip a ground fault circuit interrupter?
If you know the answer to these questions please send them to the safety desk to claim your award.
First Aid for the Injured Person
Once a victim is no longer contact with electricity and medical help has been called.
Check for the following:
Breathing – if victim is not breathing, use artificial respiration immediately. Remember that every second counts.
Pulse – Check for pulse and begin CPR if required.
Shock – Signs include cold or clammy skin, weak shallow breathing, rapid pulse. Loosen clothing, keep victim horizontal and warm until help arrives. Electrical shock victims will often go into shock. Keep this in mind when transporting victim from medical attention. Cover with a blanket if one is available.
Burns – Avoid handling the affected area or removing burnt clothing. Don’t use gauze or any material that is likely to stick to the wound. And remember to always see a doctor even if there is no apparent injury as damage many occurs to internal organs.
Injuries from Power Line Contacts are usually burns and resuscitation is often required. Injuries of this type usually have server quality of life impacts on the victims and their families and could include: Entrance and exit wounds, Loss of use of limbs, Cosmetic infections, Fatality, Cardiac fibrillation and/or arrest, Secondary infections, Internal electrical burns requiring months or years for recovery, and psychological damage (depression suicide) etc.
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