Electricity has become a basic normal part of every individual’s life, but don’t let it’s normal nature fool you. Do not normalize the potential dangers it carries with it. Teaching kids about electrical safety should be the utmost priority of every parent. Did you know ,on an average, seven children per day are hospitalized due to electrical shocks and burns. If you don’t want your child to be the next victim, consider the tips mentioned below and make sure you routinize them.
NEVER PULL PLUGS OUT BY CORDS-
Teach kids to never pull a plug out of the socket by the cord. It’s easy to yank the cord in an attempt to unplug it and. we’re all aware about the damage it can cause to the cord but what about the fact that it also carries with it the capacity to cause an electrical shock or a hazardous fire. Children should be taught to unplug the cords directly from the outlet – not by tugging on the cord. It’s necessary for you, as a parent to start practicing the same first. No matter how late you’re for work, do not plug out your mobile phones or any other appliance by the cord.
USE OUTLET COVERS –
For some uncanny reason, children love to insert their fingers in the sockets of electrical appliances.To make your home as safe as possible, ensure that no power points have exposed outlets – they should all be covered with protective plates. Never stick fingers, tongues, toys, or other body parts or objects into electrical outlets or light sockets. Outlets and sockets will look fun and interesting to children, but they can be very dangerous if they’re treated as toys. Use safety covers on all used outlets and sockets to deter small children.
MAINTAIN SAFE DISTANCE BETWEEN ELECTRICAL APPLIANCE AND WATER-
Water + electricity + A deadly combination. Water is an excellent conductor of electricity. You can become electricity’s path to the ground if you are touching water that touches electricity. Electricity would travel through the water and through you to the ground.As human body is 70 percent water , we’re exposed to a great risk of catching an electrical shock. As a reminder, it’s important to keep all electrical appliances away from water, and to make sure your hands are dry and you are not standing in water when you touch anything electrical. Keep hands dry when handling electrical wires and plugs to ensure electrical safety
BEWARE OF ALL POTENTIAL DANGERS-
Here are a few signs which indicate exposure to electrical complication in your house wiring system :
- FLICKERING LIGHTING
- UNFAMILIAR ODORS
- SPARKLING OUTLETS OR SWITCHES
- BUZZING SOUNDS
- LOOSE OUTLETS
- CIRCUIT BREAKER PROBLEMS
If you notice any such signs in your household, instead of ignoring make sure you get it fixed.
EDUCATE YOUR KIDS ABOUT ELECTRICAL SAFETY –
Educating your kid about what electricity is and how it works should start at a young age to avoid any complications in the long run. Educate them about the potential dangers mentioned above and train them on how to identify these dangers .Ask them to inform you about the dangers if observe any. It’s a good idea to include utility emergency numbers with other posted emergency phone numbers and instruct children how to call for help in an emergency.Hopefully, they will never have to use them, but it’s always best to be safe first, rather than sorry later.