Child safety when it comes to electricity is a matter of being well informed about potential dangers and preventing them if your child is a toddler. As your child ages, you won’t always be there to protect them. Teaching them what to avoid and how to protect themselves can save their lives.
Electrical Safety in the House
Cords and power outlets are some of the most common things children get hurt with. Youngsters are always trying to stick things into light sockets or outlets. It is important, once your kids are old enough to understand, to teach them about the danger of outlets and sticking things into them. This will prevent fires and damage to your electrical systems. Many kids know firsthand that this is not a good idea.
Cords themselves can pose a danger if they are left out in the open for pets to chew or to be tripped over. Children should be taught to notice if a wire is bare or an outlet is cracked. Damaged electrical cords can cause a shock. Teach them to never yank a cord out of the wall too.
Water and electricity don’t mix. Teach your children to avoid plugging anything into an outlet if it is near standing water. Never have a radio beside the bathtub or a curling iron. Accidents happen and the risk is too great.
Electrical Safety Outside
Another area of concern is playing near electrical lines or substations. Teach your children to look out for power lines when they are flying a kite. Electricity can go through the string and into your child. They should never intentionally try to hook something onto a power line. Climbing a tree is also dangerous because the power lines can be hidden in the branches. Electricity can travel through the branch and hurt your child.
Roofs are also dangerous. Many power lines are attached to the home at the roof. Make sure if a toy or ball goes on the roof, your kids will wait for an adult to get it.
Teach your children what a “Keep Out” sign or hazard signs look like. If an area is fenced off, there is a reason. If your child’s pet or toy gets inside a fenced off area, have them ask for help. Many times there is a number on the fence to call. Only authorized individuals should enter.
These are just a few of the ways children can learn about electrical safety. If you notice an area in your house that could potentially cause a fire or be unsafe please call Rose Brothers & Sons Electricity and have the problem taken care of before its too late.