Top Electricity Safety Tips for Kids

Top Electricity Safety Tips for Kids

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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