Most often people make three mistakes when dealing with electricity:
- They underestimate the power of electricity.
- They think they are in complete control of electricity.
- They think that if they get shocked they can pull away and avoid getting hurt. However, electricity moves at the speed of light, making it impossible for an individual to pull away from the circuit.
What happens to the human body when it is experiencing electrical shock?
- Muscles immediately tighten up and contract, locking the victim into the electric circuit.
- Lung and chest muscles constrict, making it hard to breathe and causing unconsciousness.
- Heartbeat is interrupted and the blood vessels tighten.
- Burns occur where the electricity enters and leaves the body.
- There is partial or total paralysis.
If you see an individual who is being shocked—do not touch them. The electrical shock can travel through the individual to you and use you as another pathway to the ground. Call 911 immediatley.
Although electricity is most often at our demand and in control by the touch of our fingertips, it is important to respect the power of electricity. Never underestimating the power of electricity. Be smart and take caution.