Kids are curious! There’s no changing that, but when it comes to electricity inside and outside of your home, curiosity can become a danger. Electricity safety should be taught from an early age, but there may be a few safety tips you haven’t thought of. Here’s what you and your children need to know to child-proof your home:
Safety Tips for Kids
- Never put fingers or other objects inside power outlets.
- Keep metal objects out of appliances, such as toasters.
- Never use an electric object near water.
- Never pull a plug out of the wall by its cord.
- Stay away from power lines, and call an adult if you see a down power line.
- Never climb power poles.
- Never fly kites near power lines.
- Do not climb or touch trees near power lines.
- Never touch big, metal transformer boxes.
- Always read and obey warning signs.
Child-proofing Tips for Electricity
Educating children isn’t enough, especially for younger children. Take extra precaution by child-proofing your home.
- Unused wall outlets must be secured. Plastic inserts for outlets are common; however, they can be easily removed by children and cause a choking hazard. Instead, consider using safety outlets that prevent objects other than plugs from being inserted.
- Place small appliances and electronic devices, such as cable boxes and blenders out of reach of children or behind a barrier.
- When using extension cords, ensure they are only temporary. Hide them behind furniture or tape them down using electric tape.
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