If you saw someone getting shocked, would you know what to do? It's important to know the rules of electric safety so you don't get hurt yourself.

  • DO NOT TOUCH the victim because you might get shocked too.
  • Find a grown-up right away if you are a child.
  • Turn off the power at the service panel/breaker box.
  • Call 911 and be sure to tell the person who answers that someone has been involved in an electrical accident
  • If the accident happened near utility equipment like a power line or substation, keep others away and call 911 right away and then call BCES at 731-584-8251
  • Even if the person seems OK after getting a mild shock, it's important to always go to the hospital or see a doctor.


Electricity burns from the inside out, so some inuries might not be easy to see. The heart and the other internal organs can be affected several hours after the acccident.