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Control measure
Adopt defensive tactics until the electricity supply is isolated

Control measure knowledge

In some situations, for example where there is dangerous wiring, it may not be possible, or it may be too hazardous, for personnel to isolate the electricity supply. Assistance will be required from the relevant electricity supplier or competent person to make the supply safe. 

In the interim, personnel should adopt defensive tactics and ensure all emergency responders are made aware of the presence of a dangerous or live electricity supply. 

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Establish arrangements with local electricity suppliers and maintain up-to-date emergency contact details in their fire control rooms 

  • Consider making electrical gloves available to personnel for use at incidents involving live electricity supply  

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Adopt defensive tactics until the electricity supply is isolated 

  • Inform emergency responders about the presence of a dangerous or live electricity supply 

  • Seek specialist assistance to make the electricity supply safe 

  • Consider the appropriate use of electrical gloves, in line with service procedures