Electrical Safety Advice for Kids and Their Parents
- Posted on Feb 25, 2019
Electricity is the flow of electrical power or charge. Which means it’s very powerful and can cause serious damage and or death. Here are a few tips to keep your kids away from harm.
- Always Use Electrical Outlet Caps: Kids are very curious and love to explore. They see holes inside the electrical outlets and wants to stick something inside which is extremely dangerous. So, it’s very important to use electrical outlet caps.
- Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs): These are essential in rooms with water source, such as kitchen and bathrooms. These devices automatically shut off the power when they detect current leaking from the circuit to the ground. A few of these around your house can protect everyone, especially your child, against electrical shock.
- Avoid Using Extension Cord: Kids have the tendency to chew on things, and you don’t want them to chew on something electrical. For this reason, you want to especially avoid using them in their rooms. Moreover, you don’t want your kids to play with cords and wires and knocking over appliances that are plugged into them.
- Educate your kids: Help them understand the dangers of playing with electrical wires and devices. Explain to your kids that outlets cannot be overloaded with extension cords and power strips. They should not be using the TV, laptop, video game console and phone charger all at once in a single outlet. Make sure to explain the same thing for their room. Check every night that everything in their room is plugged out.
- Regular Electrical Maintenance: Take care of loose and frayed wires that are in accessible areas of your home. At least once a year, have a licensed electrician check your home’s electrical works. Ask your professional contractor to get those loose wires fixed and loose cords fasten to walls to avoid electrical shock and accidents.
These are only a few tips to help keep your house safe. These tips aren’t just to keep children safe, but yourself as well.