Electrical Emergencies the Do’s and Don’ts

Would you know what to do in an electrical emergency?

We discuss how to approach an electrical emergency including the dos, don’ts and St Johns DRSABCD action plan in helping someone in an electrical emergency.

What constitutes an electrical emergency?

An electrical emergency refers to a situation that can significantly impact and is dangerous to you and others lives, resulting in significant damages. Emergencies include but are not limited to;

  • Fallen powerlines
  • Burning wires
  • Smoke from wires and/ or a device
  • Lights flickering in your breaker panel
  • Electrical panels that are overheating
  • Electrical fires


  • If safe to do so, turn off power from the main switch board
  • Call an emergency electrician
  • Use emergency lights i.e. a torch instead of candles


  • Stay clear of and do not touch the electrical source which has caused the electrical fault
  • Do not attempt to touch an individual/s who are still in contact with the electrical source as this may result in you also receiving an electrical shock
  • Do not light candles as this may spur and aggravate the situation


  • The human body conducts electricity
  • If possible and safe to do so, disconnect power from the main switch board
  • Be extra vigilant in wet areas

In the event of an electrical shock use St Johns Action Plan. St John’s Australia teaches individuals the DRSABCD approach of how to manage and care for someone who has experienced an electrical shock. DRSABCD is an acronym that stands for,



Send for help





At Morris Infrastructure Group we pride ourselves on providing a cost-effective, timely and reliable service. We offer 24-hour call out services to mobilise remote areas under fault conditions to restore power to customers.

If you are experiencing an electrical emergency contact the team at Morris Infrastructure Group on 0400 225 885.