In our modern world, electricity is everywhere. It keeps the lights running, phones charged, and our food cold. It surrounds us at home, at work, in the car, and at the grocery store. Although it is typically contained in a safe manner, electrical accidents still occur and can be very damaging or even deadly. Because of it’s prevalence in our society, a Roseville electrical shock injury can happen almost anywhere, whether you’re out on a shopping spree at the Galleria Mall or checking out a new movie at the Tower Theater.
Electrical accidents occur any time a person comes into direct contact with electricity, which can happen in numerous ways such as:
- Exposed wiring
- Fallen power lines
- Faulty lightning
- Broken or incorrectly wired electrical appliances
Fortunately, there are steps that can be taken to remain safe from these hazards:
- Be aware of your surroundings (especially during a storm, as water aids in the conduction of electricity).
- Do not touch exposed wires.
- Never touch a person who is being shocked… Instead, turn off the electricity via the circuit breaker’s main switch.
- Keep electrical appliances dry and well away from sinks and bathtubs.
- Use child safety covers for unused outlets.
Roseville electrical shock injury victims can suffer a variety of symptoms caused by electric current flowing through the body. These can include:
- Burns where the electricity made contact with the skin.
- Damage to muscle and tissue.
- Loss of consciousness.
- Problems breathing.
- Cardiac arrest.
- Death (electrocution).
In the case of electrical shock, first aid may be administered but only if the person is no longer touching the source of electricity. The very first thing that should always be done is calling 911 to report the accident. An ambulance will be dispatched to take the victim to a local hospital such as Sutter Roseville Medical Center or Mercy Hospital. Follow any directions given by the 911 operator. Possible first aid may include:
- Checking the injured person’s breathing and pulse.
- Providing CPR, if the person’s breathing or pulse has stopped.
- Removing fabric from any burn wounds, running cold water, and applying burn cream from a first aid kit.
- Covering the person and elevating their legs if they seem to be going into shock (pale or light headed).
- Always ensure your own safety when trying to aid a Roseville electrical shock injury victim. Be aware of your surroundings and stay far away from the original source of electricity. Watch out for explosions or falling objects, such as tree branches and power lines. Unless a fire has started, do not exit a vehicle that has been struck by a power line.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of a Roseville electrical shock injury, be sure to seek immediate medical attention and contact your local personal injury attorney.