Please call us immediately if you think you may have an electric emergency.
- Gas Emergencies:
Contact your local gas company.
- 24-Hour Electric Emergencies:
800-562-7809 or 906-449-2011
Electrical Shocks and Fires
Electricity can cause dangerous or fatal shocks. A shock occurs when electricity goes through a person’s body. Electricity can also cause fires when appliances, switches, wiring and outlets are defective or improperly used.
If someone is being shocked with a household current:
- Don’t touch the victim unless the power is off.
- Unplug the appliance, or turn the power off at the main control area.
- If you can’t turn off the power, use a dry wooden broom handle or dry clothing to separate the victim from the power source.
- Call 911 or get emergency medical assistance.
- If the victim is not breathing, perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
- If the victim is conscious, keep them calm. Lay them on their back. Elevate their feet. Cover them with a blanket.
If someone is being shocked with a current from an outdoor high voltage line:
- Don’t try to separate the victim from the power source.
- Don’t touch the victim unless you are absolutely certain the victim is not in contact with electrical wire.
- Call 911 or get emergency help and medical assistance.
If you have an electrical fire:
- Unplug the burning or smoking appliance.
- Get everyone out at once.
- If the fire is small, use a CO2 or dry powder fire extinguisher. Never put water on an electrical fire.
- Call 911 or the fire department. Tell the dispatcher your name, address, and that you have an electrical fire.