Before learning how to keep your home safe, it's important to understand why electricity is dangerous:
These three facts add up to a very dangerous situation for anyone who gets too close to an electrical current.
Many people think if they are shocked, they can pull away and not get hurt. But electricity travels at the speed of light, so a person has virtually no chance of pulling away without injury.
An electric shock affects the body in several ways:
If an electrical accident, it's important to know how to respond without getting hurt yourself.
Always seek medical help for an electrical contact accident. Electricity burns from the inside out, so some injuries might not be visible; your heart also can be affected several hours after the contact.
If you’re in a car accident involving a power line, stay in your vehicle until help arrives.
If you absolutely must leave the vehicle, hop out on both feet, being careful not to touch the car and the ground at the same time. Continue hopping with your feet together until you're as far away as possible.