Electrical injuries - don’t be a victim

2016-05-10 06:00

CONNECTING electricity illegally, cable theft, undertaking electrical work without understanding what to do, being negligent and not ensuring that exposed live wires for example are attended to are some of the ways in which people put their lives in danger.

ER24 is urging people to refrain from connecting to electricity illegally or stealing cables.

ER24 paramedics have attended to incidents where people died due to electrical injuries. Where victims survived, many were left in a serious or critical condition. Be it at home, work or outdoors, everyone should exercise safety when dealing with electricity.

Safety tips:

• Be alert when using electrical appliances.

• Never undertake any electrical work unless you understand what to do. If you do know what to do, you should still be careful as mistakes can happen. Never work on anything that has current. The current should be switched off prior to work beginning. Remember to turn off the switch or main power supply when working on something like a light bulb for example.

• Treat all electrical cables and outlets as live, even during load shedding or general power failures.

• Never work in wet areas or with anything electrical and wet. Mowing the lawn or using power tools in wet weather for example is dangerous.

• Do not overload sockets as they may become hot and burn insulation. You may be electrocuted if you touch it. It can also start a fire.

• Ensure extension cords are in good working order. Inspect extension cords for damages before using it. Ensure cables and cords are kept out of reach of children. Secure all plug points or electrical outlets with covers.

In case of a medical emergency, contact ER24 on 084 124. - Supplied.

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