Home > Lifestyle > Man > Your body 22 August 2007 First aid for electric shock Electric current passing through the body can cause breathing to stop or the heart to stop breathing. Follow these emergency first aid procedures. 0 Follow us Facebook » Ask CyberShrink » Receive Health tips » Test Your sex toy IQ » How tattoos change over 50 years All the tests you'll ever need Electric current passing through the body can cause breathing to stop or the heart to stop breathing. The longer the person is in contact with the current, the less likely are the chances of survival. The source could be a defective household appliance, electrical wire or lightning. Internal body damage is not always obvious. Always seek medical help immediately. Home treatment Do not approach the person who has been electrocuted until you are certain the area is safe. First, break contact between the person and the current source. Best is to shut off the current at the main fuse box. Do not use the switch of the appliance. If this is not possible, use a wooden stick to separate the person from the appliance. Stand on a rubber mat, or stack of newspapers or another non-conducting material. A victim who has been struck by lightning, poses no more danger to the rescuer. Check the ABC’s: airway, breathing, circulation and start CPR if necessary. Check for shock. Call an ambulance. With high voltages, the person may have been thrown into the air and may have sustained back, head or neck injuries. Handle with care. Cover any burnt area with a sterile gauze bandage or a clean cloth. Electrical burns are always worse than they seem. Get to a doctor. More in Lifestyle Male rape still considered a joke in South Africa More: ManYour body advertisement Get a quote Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Dehydration at a glance What could happen in the next 37 seconds? Fifty and fabulous! There’s something newly cool about turning 50 World Thrombosis Day 2015 Live healthier World Thrombosis Day » World Thrombosis Day 2015 The next 37 seconds The dangers of blood clots Deep vein thrombosis can happen to anyone Blood clots can be deadly when they form inside arteries, especially the deep veins of the legs. Dr Ismail Shaik shares his experience. Up for grabs » Babies smell mom Partner trouble affects parenting Healthy mom-child relationship How you can win R2500 Tell us what it's like being a working mom in SA and you could win R2500 in cold, hard cash.