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Obviously, there are down sides of being electrocuted and any person who dares to work with electricity must be fully qualified to do so. What we find is that mainly due to financial reasons some customers try to band aid an electrical problem with very dodgy work practices.




Nearly once a week we come across residential customers who try to cut corners only to find out the hard way that they were not only endangering themselves but the lives of their families, tenants and the electrician attending the call out.

We can only say, any time that you incur an electrical problem, call a qualified electrician. Yes you will perhaps pay $85.00 + GST for the call out but in the end, what is $85 compared to a death in the family due to the fact you were a tight ass! By law any electrical installation work must be done by a licensed electrician.

The value of current that flows during and electric shock depends on two things:

(1) the value of the voltage causing the shock

(2) the resistance your body offers to the current.

Current Effect
Up to 2mA barely perceptible
2mA to 8mA sensations become noticeable
8mA to 12mA muscle spasm and pain
12mA to 20mA unable to release hold on the conductor
20mA to 50mA if through chest breathing may stop
50mA to 100mA if near the heart ventricular fibrillation
100mA to 200mA heart stops beating
Above 200mA severe burns as well

First Aid to an electric shock

Remember that the person is electrified until released. Take precautions against receiving a shock yourself by immediately switching off the electricity, where possible. If power cannot be disconnected, unless higher than household voltage is involved, free the victim from contact immediately by using a dry stick, board, rope, clothing, plastic pipe or other non-conducting device. DO NOT touch the victim with your bare hands or any metal or moist object. If possible prevent a fall which may cause further injury. Send for the ambulance or a doctor.

The first three minutes are VITAL. Act immediately! assess the level of consciousness, then if victim is not breathing, commence resuscitation.



This page was last modified on 26 January 2010 and maybe out of date with regards to its information at the time of reading this article. The information above is only intended for use a guide and should not be relied upon as a substitute for technical First Aid advice. Quality Electrics disclaims responsibility for any damage, claim, or liability any person may incur, whether caused by negligence or otherwise, as a result of anything contained in our articles.

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