Teaching Your Kids To Be Safe Around Electricity
If there's one thing we're completely dependent on in this day and age and that's electricity. It's at the heart of everything we do. From the moment we wake up to the moment we go to bed we're surrounded by it. In fact it's probably hard to imagine life without electricity.
However as incredible as electricity is, it's also one of the major causes of household deaths in Australia. As responsible electricians and parents ourselves we felt that it would be a good idea to share some of our hints and tips on the best ways to teach your kids to understand the dangers that it can present and more importantly, how to be safe around it.
Tip 1 - Make them aware of the dangers as early as you can
Children pick up all sorts of information from a very early age and even though they might not fully understand how electricity can cause an injury they can be made aware that it's not to be played with. If you see your child start reaching out for the plug socket, then now is the time to make them aware.
Tip 2 - Show them how switches and plugs work
When they get a little older say 5 or 6 it's worth spending time showing them in simple terms how switches and plugs work. Explain how electricity is carried around the home and how when an appliance is plugged in, it uses the electricity to function.
Tip 3 – Plugging and unplugging an appliance
If you're happy that you child is old enough, then teach them how to plug in an appliance both safely and correctly. It's always best to do it with them first, then watch as they do it. If the socket has an isolation switch, then explain that it's always best to make sure that it's in the off position before they attempt to plug anything in or take anything out.
Tip 4 – Damaged or loose wiring
Also point out the dangers of loose or damaged wiring and what to look for. In addition make it clear never to touch it and instead to seek out an adult should they come across the situation.
Tip 5 – Electricity and water
Explain the dangers of touching sockets, but particularly with wet hands. You can also purchase child-friendly plastic covers for all your sockets until you're confident that they won't try to be as inquisitive when they come across an open socket.
Educating your kids about the dangers of electricity and how they can be safe around it is vitally important and more often than not, the earlier you start the better.
If you'd like us to do a safety inspection of your home, or if you have any further electrical problems you need addressing, then don't hesitate to contact Static Electrics experienced electricians on 1300 139 039 today.