Electricity is a great power source to make our daily lives better. Without it, we wouldn’t be able to light up our homes, charge our phones or turn on our computers. Electricity is usually very safe, but is dangerous enough to kill if not used properly. We all need to be cautious and ensure we take safety measures. In doing this, we also need to make sure our kids are safe too.
Here are some tips to make sure you & our kids are safe all the time:
- Do not allow your kids put their fingers or other objects in an outlet.
- Keep metal objects out of toasters when it’s plugged.
- Never use anything with a cord or plug around water.
- Never pull a plug out by its cord.
- Stay away from substations and power lines.
- Do not climb power poles.
- Do not allow your kids fly kites or release metallic balloons outside.
- Stay away from broken or fallen power lines.
- Never touch or climb trees that are near power lines.
- Obey warning signs; do not play around/touch transformers with warning signs.
- Do not allow your kids play with electrical cords, they can chew on a live wire.
Child Proofing Your Home
Additionally, you can baby proof your house to ensure maximum safety for your kids. When babies start to crawl or walk, extra care has to be taken so they do not harm themselves. Children are naturally interested in cords and plugs and their curiosity could lead to serious accidents. Here is some advice on how to make sure that your children are safe:
- Unused wall outlets should be secured. Plastic inserts or safety plugs can be used but they can be pulled off and stuck in the mouth. Consider using safety outlets that prevent foreign objects from being inserted. Electrical outlets can be blocked with the creative arrangement of furniture.
- If you’re temporarily using extension cords, hide them behind furniture or use a hide-a-cord device. You can also put electrical tape over unused plug holes on cords.
- Put electrical devices such as DVD players on a shelf out of reach, or behind a barrier.
- Store bathroom and kitchen electrical appliances – like hair dryers and toasters – out of reach of children.