Basic first aid: Electric shock

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Electric burns may look small but they can cause damage to your insides, so call an ambulance or phone NHS Direct for more help.

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Electric shock

1. Don't touch your child if they're still in the source of electric current or you'll get a shock, too.

2. Switch off the current at the plug if you can get to it easily.

3. Stand on some dry insulation material like a telephone directory and then take something made from non-conductive material like a wooden broom or a roll of newspaper and push the electrical source away or loop rope around the person's arms or ankles and drag them away.

4. Check their breathing. If they're unconscious but breathing normally put them in the recovery position.

Read on: Treating poisoning

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Sources and advice:
St John Ambulance
BBC Health

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