Electricity: The Invisible Killer – Emergency First Responders


Every year in Canada, many unnecessary and preventable contacts are made with energized power lines. In addition to these contacts, electrical substations are routinely broken into. A contact or break-in may require a response from police, fire or EMS workers. Each contact or electrical substation break-in has the potential to place emergency first responders at risk of serious injury or even death.

This video consists of six typical scenarios that may involve response from police, fire and EMS and enumerates eight key learnings for emergency first responders:
– Perform a scene survey
– Assess the hazards
– Do not become a casualty
– Take control
– Treat the power lines as energized
– Stay a minimum of 10 metres away
– Keep others away
– Contact the electric utility

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