Keeping our family safe is at the top of the list for family priorities. Considering the safety of our children around electricity is crucial - and can sometimes be an area that is only looked at briefly.
In other blog posts, we have talked about the dangers of electricity and how easily we can find ourselves in a life or death situation. Electricity is a wonderful thing that makes our day to day life so much easier, however it is important that it is given the respect it deserves.
Teaching our children how to be safe around electricity is not only important for the safety of your child, but also the safety and longevity of your appliances and home circuit.
Water + Electricity
We must teach our children that water and electricity do not mix. This means setting rules that no plugged in electrical device, including music players, should be taken into areas where water is present. Yes, we all enjoy hanging out by the pool listening to music. However it is important to have no exceptions to the rules so that children are very clear on what is or is not ok. If you would like music by the pool, using battery operated blue tooth speakers, or putting in the effort to have a safe sound system set up is a much better option.
In relation to electrical items which are supposed to be in a bathroom, for example hair dryer or straightener, it is important to learn the safe ways to use them. Ensure that the toilet lid is closed, the bath or sink is empty and taps are turned off. These items should also only be used with adult supervision.
Children should be reminded to dry themselves thoroughly after baths or showers or after washing their hands before touching anything electrical - this applies even to light switches.
Drinks or liquids should be kept well away from electrical appliances such as video game consoles, laptops, iPads etc.
Never swim during a thunderstorm. Lightning is pure electricity and is attracted to water.
There are many electrical items in a kitchen. It is important that children understand what they are or are not allowed to use. Metallic objects such as foil or cutlery must never be put into a microwave. If something gets stuck in the toaster, never use a metal utensil to get it out.
Electrical Sockets, Cords + Cables
Never ever put anything into a power socket - this should only be a job for an adult. Consider using safety plugs if you have young children.
Show children how to safely pull out a plug by pulling on the plastic part close to the wall - never pull on the cord.
Be careful not to overload power boards. This can cause a very real fire danger. Take a look at our recent blog post for more information about this.
Teach children how to recognise and alert you to damaged or faulty cords. If the plastic has worn out or the wires are visible they should not touch the cord but should tell you straight away so that you can get it fixed.
Always turn off lights before changing light globes. Changing of light globes should only be done by adults. It is important to dispose of used light globes in an appropriate manner.
Teaching our children about how to stay safe around electricity is something that we should start working on from a young age. Children should be taught to respect rather than fear electricity. Children should be taught to turn electrical appliances off when not in use. This will reduce the risk of electrical accidents as well as save you money. Another way to ensure the safety of your family is to ensure that you have safety switches installed. So many electrical accidents that occur in homes are preventable. So, if we keep in mind that children can sometimes lose focus or become distracted, it is important to put in place ways to keep them safe when they are not doing so. The installation of safety switches in one way to do that. Safety switches can cut power in 0.03 seconds when a leak or fault is detected. This is fast enough that the person doesn’t have time to get electrocuted. Read our recent blog post about safety switches for more information. If you are unsure about whether you have appropriate safety switches or you would like to improve the electrical safety of your home, contact us now!