No License Required

Did you know, it was illegal to change your own light bulb in Victoria unless you’re a licensed electrician? Supposedly the law has been changed since 1998; and, honestly, I’m not even sure if this one is true or not, but that would suck. Imagine being at home and your light goes out, but it’s too late to call anybody so now you just have to sit in the dark, going blind because staring at your phone in the dark is not good for you. I suppose the only reason was to keep people from electrocuting themselves but I don’t think anyone wants any kind of bill just for someone to walk in their house, twist a light bulb one way, then the other to get some light back.

In the event someone DOES your reaction is going to depend on the length and power of the shock. There could be mild symptoms which could just be a small sharp pain or tingling; but severe injuries include unconsciousness, burns, difficulty breathing/no breathing, weak, erratic pulse/no pulse, or even cardiac arrest. However, sometimes you cannot tell how serious the shock is just by looking at someone so it’s important to visit a hospital after every incident.

Follow the DRSABCDs. Check for danger; you want to know how the victim got hurt so you don’t too. You may have to turn off the power to the whole building. Then move through response, send for help airways, breathing, CPR, and defibrillation. If they’re breathing (or start breathing again), check burns and other injuries while waiting for help to arrive.

Again, chances are low that you’ll end up hurting yourself while changing a light bulb, but it’s always good to know what to do just in case. So feel free to change your own light bulbs, just make sure the light switch is off before you do it.

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