Is it safe to use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) in the rain, snow or on ice?
AEDs can be used in a variety of environments including rain, snow and ice. Always use common sense when using an AED and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Generally, the victim should not be in a puddle of water, nor should the rescuer be kneeling in a puddle of water when operating the AED. If it is raining, steps should be taken to ensure that the victim is as dry as possible and sheltered from the rain. Ensure the victim’s chest is wiped dry. Minimize delaying defibrillation though when taking steps to provide for a dry environment. The electrical current of an AED is very directional between the electrode pads. Manufacturers state that AEDs are very safe when all precautions and manufacturer’s operating instructions are followed.