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4 Common Electrical Injuries

Picture this: your lights are flickering in the living room, so you decide to take matters into your own hands. You strap on your tool belt, throw on a pair of safety goggles and get to work. You begin dismantling wires when all of a sudden you feel a severe shock run through your body. Maybe you should have left this job to the pros.

We hear about it all the time – homeowners who try to save a few bucks by tackling residential electrical issues on their own. While it may save you some money, it could land you in the emergency with one or more of the common electrical injuries listed below:

  1. Electrical Shock: this may be the first thing you think of when you hear the words “electrical ,” but did you know there are different levels of shock? It all depends on the amount of voltage received and the part(s) of the body involved. If you’re unsure about the voltage of the wires or devices you’re dealing with, it’s best to leave the job to an expert.

  2. Burns: electrical burns can also range in severity, but it’s important to note that even though the burn may not look too bad on the surface, it can have detrimental effects internally. A few of the common electrical burns include arc burns, low voltage burns, high voltage burns, oral burns, flash burns and flame burns.

  3. Electrocution: this can happen when a person has direct contact with exposed conductors or circuit parts. Your body has a normal flow of electrical going through it at all times and when excess electricity enters, it can throw off the normal flow and could cause your heart to stop beating properly, cause you to lose your breath or cause severe muscle spasms.

  4. Falls: ever notice that lots of electrical fixtures and devices are located up high on the walls or on the ceiling? Think about the lights and other devices located throughout your house. This means, in order to work on them, ladders or scaffolds are often involved and there’s always the risk of falling. It’s safe to say that falling off of a ladder or scaffold can result in a number of severe injuries.

What’s the best way to avoid electrical injuries as a homeowner? Call on a professional electrician to take care of all of your electrical needs! Give Lon Lockwood Electric a call today at (585) 766-4702 to schedule an appointment and don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook!