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 Otrivin Menthol relieves sinus congestion Innovative hearing aids can now interact online Second Healthcare Innovation Summit set for Johannesburg Salomon introduces Speedcross 4 Live healthier Nutrition crisis! » Good nutrition on the job will give you the edge Nutrition labels on food encourage healthy choices Nutrition may be as big a challenge today as HIV/Aids was 15 years ago Many people in a large number of low and middle income countries now experience a 'double burden' of malnutrition. E-cigarettes less risky? » E-cigarettes not an acceptable alternative to most smokers UK health officials endorse e-cigarettes E-cigarettes less of a cancer risk than regular smokes A study indicates that smokers who switch to e-cigarettes reduce their exposure to cancer-causing chemicals.