Respect the power of electricity. First of all, we need to know a few basic things about electricity.
- Electricity always seeks the easiest, most direct path to the ground through conductors like: your body, trees, water, metal objects and structures including fences and even gutters, and long or tall equipment such as ladders.
- Even low-voltage electric shock can be fatal. Protecting yourself means always remembering that there are no minor risks when dealing with electricity.
- Standard-issue protective gear does not insulate you against electric shock.
- Electric shock and burn injuries may include internal tissue damage that is not immediately apparent. Make sure victims receive thorough medical attention. Shock victims often show no visible injuries or only minor burns on the skin, but the internal organs can be critically wounded. Treat these injuries as serious regardless of their appearance.