Treating an Electrical Burn

  • Electrical burns can be very damaging. Any casualty that has suffered an electrical burn should seek immediate medical attention.
  • If a casualty has been injured by a household electrical supply (240 volts) make sure that the electrical source is turned off to prevent any more injury to the casualty or yourself. Then use something non conductive like a wooden chair to move them away from the electrical source.
  • If a casualty has been injured by a high voltage source (1000 volts or more) do not approach them but immediately call 999 for the emergency services

Always Remember 

  • Do not put yourself in danger
  • Do not over cool an injury as it can lower the body temperature of a casualty
  • Do not apply any oils or creams to burns
  • Do not break any blisters that have developed

Anyone who has been injured by any of the following should seek hospital treatment

  • All chemical and electrical burns 
  • Large or deep burns – any burn bigger than the affected person’s hand and full thickness burns of all sizes – these burns cause white or charred skin 
  • Partial thickness burns on the face, hands, arms, feet, legs or genitals – these are burns that cause blisters


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