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How can you separate someone who had an electric shock from the current's source if high voltage is involved?

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If high voltage lines are involved, the local power company must shut them off. Don't try to separate the person from the current if you feel a tingling sensation in your legs and lower body. Go to a safe place where you can wait for the lines to be disconnected. If a power line falls on a car, tell the passengers to stay inside unless explosion or fire threatens.

From: Electric Shock Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Thygerson, A. , Jones and Bartlett, 2007. American College of Emergency Physicians First Aid and CPR Essentials

Fermie, P. Lorenz Books, 2005. The Illustrated Practical Book of First Aid & Family Health,

Merck Manual: "Electrical and Lightning Injures."

Subbarao, I. , Random House Reference, 2009. AMA Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care

CDC National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health: "Electrical Safety."

Electric Shock Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on January 25, 2018

SOURCES:

Thygerson, A. , Jones and Bartlett, 2007. American College of Emergency Physicians First Aid and CPR Essentials

Fermie, P. Lorenz Books, 2005. The Illustrated Practical Book of First Aid & Family Health,

Merck Manual: "Electrical and Lightning Injures."

Subbarao, I. , Random House Reference, 2009. AMA Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care

CDC National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health: "Electrical Safety."

Electric Shock Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on January 25, 2018

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