As a parent, it hurts you to see your child get hurt. You would always want the best for your children. And to protect him or her in the best way you possibly can is at the top of the list. But as we know, our children do not always listen the way we want them to. Majority of the time, they want to learn it the exploratory way, which unfortunately could at times mean, the hard way. Due to their nature of wanting to learn different things, possibilities of accidents surge as well. Sometimes, farther than we could ever imagine.
Numerous of studies show that children playing on faulty electrical wiring at home can get into serious accidents and even get electrocuted. As parents, it is also our responsibility to make sure that our apparatuses, appliances and wires are appropriate in rating and also properly maintained. As cliché as it sounds, it still holds true upto today: Prevention is better than cure.
Electrical Grounding, like burns have different degrees. According to Wikipedia, the allowable current a person can feel is at least 1mA at 60 Hertz for AC while 5mA at 60 Hertz for DC. The higher degree of electrical grounding on a person’s body may cause serious tissue damage or fibrillation which can lead to cardiac arrest.
This article does not only warn parents on the possibility of grounding at home, but also gives light on what to do when such a mishap happens to your love ones:
- Cut the power source– the moment you see that your child is holding onto a wire, or something electrical, find the source immediately and turn it off, pull the plug or tell your child to let go. If you need to be the one to take it off, it is important to make sure that you are also safe from being electrocuted (e.g. cut the power off with dry hands, don’t use electrically conducive materials such as metal, wire, etc).
- Check Breathing – In case your child is unconscious, it is important to check if your kid is still breathing. Remember the ABCs.
- A: Establish an airway for the victim.
- B: Check for signs of breathing.
- C: Check the victim for a pulse.
If there’s no circulation, conduct CPR by:
- Place the heel of your on your child’s breastbone.
- Keep the head tilted back
- Press down a depth of 1/3 to 1/2 on your child’s chest for compression.
- Do 30 fast, hard and non-stop compressions.
3. Check Skin Color – a good indication if a person is well or not is his skin color. Once a person’s turns pale, there must be something wrong. If he or she is not, continue checking his or her pulse and breathing then immediately seek for doctor’s help.
- Burnt Skin – check also for burnt skin after the electrical grounding. To give your child comfort, first check to what extent was the burn. 1st and 2nd degree burns can be remedied with ice while 3rd degree burn should be washed with water. 3rd degree burns requires immediate medical attention. Do not hesitate to go to the nearest hospital for this.
4. Undergo medical tests –Medical tests should be administered in order to repair if there are any damages incurred upon electrocution. This could also give you and your child the peace of mind after the accident.
The above-mentioned steps could prolong a child’s life in case of electrical groundings. Knowing how to perform simple first-aids could also be very helpful for us parents to practice in case of any unfortunate incident our child gets into.
We hope you find this helpful! Just a friendly advice from Meiji, your electrical supplier.