Electrical Safety Tips for Children
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, many parents are now working from home with their children present too. Lots of children are bringing the classroom to life your living rooms, dining rooms or study areas – either with online classes or the imagination of parents creating fun and exciting activities for them to do. There’s never been a better time to incorporate practical life lessons into your day to day learning plans, such as money management or teaching children electrical safety.
With this in mind, we have created a guide to practising electrical safety for parents and children. Think of it as a science lesson – one that they can learn from and use every day in almost every environment!
Teaching Children Electrical Safety: Our Top Tips
A few weeks ago, we did a blog on electrical safety in the home, to help keep you safe and learn how to reduce the risks that appear in your home. The information in this blog and our previous blog will help to give you a good knowledge of how to teach your children to be safe around electricity and how you can make small changes around the home to improve safety.
Electrical safety is important for children of all ages to learn about. From a young age, most children are familiar with phones, tv’s, computers, iPads, lamps and various kitchen appliances. When children reach primary school age, they have already become very tech-savvy, and use electronics on a daily basis.
Our first tip to parents is to emphasise to your children how you are there to help them with anything to do with electrical items. Tell your children to come to you first if they’re unsure or not confident about what to do. Whether it’s to turn something on, replace old batteries or to insert a plug into a socket, having them come and ask you first will reduce the danger they may put themselves in.
Establish ‘No Go’ Areas
Keeping water away from appliances is very important, so having an iPad at bathtime is a big no-no. Younger children may not understand yet why that kind of thing would be dangerous, and won’t have a full understanding of what electricity really is. Explain to them that it could cause a harmful accident and break the appliance. Older children may have already been taught about the subject in school and might already know what might happen if electricity and water meet. If your children have juice/water around them when working on the computer/laptop, either have them move it to a safer area that’s near them or have the liquid in a spill-proof cup.
Switching Off Appliances
Switching off appliances when not in use is not only important for safety but also a good habit to have to save money on energy bills. By teaching your children this they’ll hopefully continue doing it as they grow up and learn not to waste electricity. Leaving lights turned on for prolonged periods of time can cause the bulb to overheat, causing it to damage a fixture and melt the socket inside of it, starting a fire. Switching appliances off at the socket and pulling the plug out of it is the only way that you can ensure that there is no electricity running through it. Many appliances retain power, even when switched off. Teach your children this, so they know how important it is to be careful with the appliances and to always remember to turn off when not in use.
Talking of sockets, a young child’s curiosity can make them want to poke their fingers or other small items in the holes. This is a very important one because if a child does this it could cause a major injury from electric shock. Teach them that the only things to ever be put into a socket is the plug, and to ask for help when they need something plugged in or taken out.
Reduce Risks When Playing
Last on our list is to teach them not to play around with leads connecting to the appliances. By bending, twisting, and pulling on them they could cause the lead to snap and fray the wires, making the appliance dangerous and upping the risk of fire.
Find Out More
Whilst our advice will help you when it comes to teaching children electrical safety, there are plenty of additional resources that could be useful to you, including:
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