It is important to be mindful of the electrical safety tips to protect your children from the dangers caused by electrocution.
We always teach our kids about not entertaining strangers and being alert when outside the home because of the accidents that may transpire. Unfortunately, most of us miss the fact that mishaps can also occur inside the house, particularly due to electrical incidents.
The Dangers of Electricity
Did you know that electrocution causes about 400 deaths each year? On the other hand, an estimated number of 4,400 are injured due to electric shock. The age distribution is bimodal. Usually, the initial incident transpires in early childhood and the second in young adult. Deaths caused by electrocution in adults are often work-related. These could have been prevented if we are mindful about the dangers caused by electrical accidents.
Another common accident that transpires is electrical shock which could possibly cause burns. Electrical burns are caused by the flowing electric current to a person’s tissue and bone. Heat is generated by the current flow, therefore, the tissue gets damaged. Also, keep in mind that electric current can ignite clothing, resulting in acquiring a flame burn.
Electrical Safety Tips for Children
Kids get too curious and amazed by how electricity works. Being natural explorers, there’s a high chance that they will play with appliances and outlets which will surely cause serious injury. To prevent such accident, by the time your child starts to crawl, childproofing your home should be immediately done.
- Keep your child away from electrical appliances.
- Use plug covers on all electrical outlets. Those that are not used often must have outlet caps with screws. For those that you use often, another option that you can have are sliding safety plates.
- Use plug caps similar to the color of the outlet so that your child will not find it attractive. It shouldn’t be big enough to be a choking hazard.
- Lamps inside your nursery room should not resemble toys.
- Use clips to organize your wirings and cords.
- Immediately throw damaged or frayed electrical cords.
- Do not use electrical appliances in the bathroom. Hair dryers should be in the bedrooms instead and use just in front of your mirrors.
- Unplug all appliances when you are not using them.
By the time your child turns two, make sure that you educate your kids about the dangers of electricity.
- Do not put anything into the plug, especially good electric conductors like metals.
- Tell them to stay away from any source of electricity when they are wet.
- Teach them to seek an adult’s assistance if they need to plug or unplug an appliance.
- Don’t climb trees that are near power lines.
- Don’t fly kites near power lines.
- Put away drinks when playing video game consoles or other electrical devices.
As a parent, you have to ensure that your child will understand the dangers of electricity. Electrical shocks and electrocution are both common accidents that children below 12 years old experience. Do not wait until an accident happens. Make sure that you list down the things you have to do before your child starts to wander around the house, and keep in mind these electrical safety tips. It is also important to seek assistance from a reputable electrician or buy materials from a trusted electric supply store if you plan to childproof your home all by yourself.