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 » All the tests you'll ever need 8 strange things your body does 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 Scientists find the grey hair gene More: ManYour body 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 Salomon introduces Speedcross 4 Painmaster Microcurrent Therapy provides drug-free pain relief Update on Equazen acquisition by Flordis South Africa 2016 When lice just keep coming back! Live healthier Checking for nits? » 8 simple steps for getting rid of lice Get through winter head lice free! This woman gets paid to pick out head lice Lice poop can make your head itch Watch out for the faeces of the lice, which is what can cause itching because of an allergic reaction. The struggle is real! » Is your PMS causing your food cravings? SA women silently suffering from this devastating condition The link between PMS and migraines Why do some women get 'bad' PMS and others don’t? Premenstrual syndrome symptoms affect an average of 75% of women.