Health Tip: Don't Be Shocked

Suggestions to prevent electrical injuries

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(HealthDay News) -- Injuries stemming from electric shock can lead to muscle, nerve and tissue damage, burns, and even cardiac arrest. Such injuries often are serious because the human body is an excellent conductor of electricity.

Duke University Medical Center says about 1,000 people die each year in the United States as a result of electric shock.

Here's a list of preventive tips:

  • Use child safety plugs in all outlets.
  • Keep electrical cords out of the reach of children.
  • Teach children about the dangers of electricity.
  • Follow manufacturer safety instructions when using electrical appliances.
  • Avoid using electrical appliances when wet.
  • Never touch electrical appliances while touching faucets or cold water pipes.

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