22 Apr Protecting Your Children from Electricity at Home
Electricity is an integral part of every home and it would be difficult to find a single room in your house that doesn’t have an appliance or fixture that doesn’t operate on electricity. That’s how reliant we are on it. Despite the fact that we can’t really function without it, electricity can be an extremely dangerous commodity; and if you have children in your home, you would have to take extra measures to ensure they are protected from electricity in the home.
Any parent who has had a toddler in the house will tell you that their little one was at one time or the other, fascinated by electrical wires, electrical outlets and appliances. Most children are very curious at that age and don’t think twice before putting a dangling table lamp wire into their mouth or they may try to insert their little fingers into an open socket etc. In short, your home becomes nothing less than a danger zone for your child.
Things to do
The good news is that it’s possible to address most of these dangers and protect your children from the hazards that these electrical installations pose. Here are some of the things that can be done:
- Conceal all the electrical outlets using face plates. Ensure that there aren’t any open electrical outlets. For the points that are used more often, you can simply use sliding safety plates. For ones that aren’t used too often, complete covers are a much better option.
- Once your child is a little older, begin educating them about how to be safe around power outlets. Start by teaching them that they shouldn’t ever put anything into any power point. They should also be taught not to touch anything that’s connected to a power cord.
- When your kid grows up a little more and has gained some maturity, you can show them how electric cords can be safely unplugged. You should teach them how to pull out the cord from its power point, using the plug and not the cord itself.
- Take extra care to tie up and keep all the cords out of sights. Children can trip on them and a cord that’s lying around is an open invitation to danger. You can tie cords using clips or other accessories.
- Do not keep any appliances with damaged or frayed electrical cords in the house. If you find that any cords are in a state of disrepair, get them replaced without delay. If you are unable to replace the cord, just discard that appliance – there really is no point in taking the risk of keeping it in the house.
- It’s best not to use electrical appliances like hair dryers in the bathroom. Use them in adult bedrooms instead. It’s also very important to teach children that they should never touch any electrical outlets & electrical appliances with wet hands.
- Unplug all appliances when they aren’t in use. It’s very common for children to fiddle with the different coloured buttons on electrical appliances.
- There could be some potential electrical hazards in the outdoor spaces of your home too. Educate your kids and don’t permit them to climb trees that are too close to power lines, utility poles or electricity towers.
- Children are also naturally very curious about the power tools used in the house. They need to be taught that these aren’t toys and it’s also very important that these tools be kept way out of their reach.
- Never encourage children to replace a light bulb. Even when they are old enough to be able to, it’s important that you educate them about the right method to do so, and supervise them when they are replacing a bulb.
Electricity is something that poses a distinct danger to children. As a parent or a caregiver, it’s your responsibility to be proactive with protecting children from this potential danger. For installation of child-proof electrical installations, call Allround Electrical at 1300 169 263. You can also drop us a line via email.
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