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Be Your Own EMT

Fast fixes for 10 common (or freak) accidents.

Suffer Electric Shock

Electric shock refers to injuries caused by direct contact with live electrical connections—including lightning. (The term “electrocution” was first used as a portmanteau word combining “electrical execution” in the latter part of the 19th century. It’s often misused as a synonym of electric shock, but it actually refers to circumstances of death by electrical causes.)

● Since you’ll be knocked out, your job is done. You’d better hope, however, that someone around you calls 911.
● If you’re not the victim, DO NOT touch the victim if he’s still touching a live electrical source. Either turn off the power to the source, or use a nonconductive material (like the sole of your shoe) to break the contact.



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