Treating Electrical Burns: Immediate Care and Resources

Electrical burns are a specific type of burn injury caused by contact with an electrical source, such as exposed wiring or a malfunctioning appliance. These burns can be severe and require immediate attention to minimize damage and promote healing. Understanding how to properly treat electrical burns is essential for providing appropriate care in an emergency situation. In this blog post, we will explore the steps to treat electrical burns, emphasizing the importance of prompt action and the resources provided by MyCPR NOW to enhance your knowledge and skills in managing these types of injuries.

Immediate Actions for Electrical Burns:

1. Ensure Safety:
Before providing any care, it is crucial to ensure your safety and the safety of the injured person. If the electrical source is still active, immediately disconnect the power supply or move the person away from the source using a non-conductive object, such as a wooden stick or dry towel. Never touch the person or the electrical source with bare hands.

2. Assess the Situation:
Assess the severity of the burn and the person's overall condition. If the person is unconscious, not breathing, or shows signs of severe injury, call emergency medical services (EMS) immediately. For less severe cases, proceed with the following steps while keeping a watchful eye for any signs of worsening symptoms.

3. Remove Restrictive Items:
If there are any jewelry, belts, or clothing items in the area of the burn, carefully remove them to prevent constriction if swelling occurs.

4. Cool the Burned Area:
Place the burned area under cool, running water for at least 10 minutes. Avoid using ice or very cold water, as extreme cold can further damage the burned tissue. Cooling the burn helps reduce pain, minimize tissue damage, and prevent the burn from deepening.

5. Cover the Burn:
After cooling the burn, cover it with a sterile non-stick dressing or clean cloth to protect it from infection. Avoid using adhesive bandages directly on the burn, as they can stick to the wound and cause further damage when removed.

6. Elevate the Burned Limb (if applicable):
If the burn affects an extremity, gently elevate it to help reduce swelling and improve blood flow. Be cautious not to put pressure on the burned area while elevating.

7. Provide Pain Relief:
Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, can help alleviate pain and reduce inflammation. Follow the recommended dosage instructions and consult a healthcare professional if needed.

8. Seek Medical Attention:
Electrical burns, even if they initially appear minor, should be evaluated by a healthcare professional. They have the potential to cause internal damage that may not be immediately evident. It is essential to seek medical attention to assess the extent of the injury and determine appropriate treatment.

MyCPR NOW Resources for Electrical Burn Treatment:

MyCPR NOW offers valuable resources to enhance your knowledge and skills in treating electrical burns. These resources include:

1. First Aid Guides:
MyCPR NOW provides comprehensive first aid guides that cover various types of injuries, including burns. These guides offer step-by-step instructions, illustrations, and best practices for managing electrical burns.

2. Interactive Learning Modules:
Their interactive learning modules focus on burn care and first aid techniques. These modules provide in-depth information, interactive exercises, and real-life scenarios to enhance understanding and skill development.

3. Expert Guidelines:
MyCPR NOW's resources for electrical burn treatment align with recognized guidelines and recommendations from reputable sources. They ensure that learners receive accurate and up-to-date information to confidently respond in emergency situations.


Treating electrical burns requires prompt action and adherence to proper first aid protocols. By following the steps outlined above and utilizing the resources provided by MyCPR NOW, you can effectively provide immediate care for electrical burns. Remember, electrical burns can be severe and may have hidden complications, so it is crucial to seek medical attention for evaluation and further treatment. With the knowledge and skills gained from MyCPR NOW, you can contribute to the well-being and recovery of those affected by electrical burns.

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