How are electrical injuries prevented?

Updated: Mar 09, 2020
  • Author: Tracy A Cushing, MD, MPH, FACEP, FAWM; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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Prevention of high-voltage electrical injuries requires ongoing public education about potential hazards, and targeted education to individuals in construction trades, those using cranes and lifts, or those exposed to the extreme danger of overhead power lines. One study found particularly high rates of electrical injuries in cable splicers, electricians, line workers, and substation operators. [37] Prevention strategies and occupational safety changes should be targeted to these high-risk occupations.

Prevention of household exposures requires public education about child protection, outlet covers, and appliance safety. Appliances that produce a shock should not be used until professionally repaired. Encourage use of GFCIs on all outlets but especially bathrooms, kitchens, and exterior outlets.


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